COVID-19: Reopening our Province

As restrictions begin to be lifted, it is still recommended that all individuals follow all infection prevention and control measures.


Emergency Orders

  • Ontario has transitioned into the recovery phase with the new Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act. While the provincial declaration of emergency has ended, the new act will provide the province with the necessary flexibility to address the ongoing risks and effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Some emergency orders that were previously in place under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, will continue under the new act. This includes orders related to labour redeployment in long-term care and retirement homes, stages of reopening, compliance with public health advice and gatherings.


Reopening our Province

On April 27, 2020, the Ontario Government released a 3-stage roadmap for easing public health measures. Gradually, all workplaces and public spaces will reopen. For details on this plan, visit: A Framework for Reopening our Province.

Certain businesses, workplaces and public spaces can reopen as long as they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak.  

For details on what is permitted to resume operations, view the information in the below. Note that this is what is permitted to be open, but each business and municipality has the choice as to whether they will open or not, based on whether they are ready and/or can comply with the public health measures required.

Local Situation

Currently, Thunder Bay District Health Unit area is in Stage 3 of reopening as of July 17, 2020.

As more businesses and activities reopen, the Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health experts will continue to closely monitor the evolving situation to advise if public health restrictions can be further loosened, or if they need to be tightened or reapplied. Protecting our most vulnerable citizens must continue to be the top priority as Ontario enters Stage 3, and everyone will be responsible for taking the actions necessary to help contain the spread of COVID-19.


For More Information

If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. 
The Stop the Spread Business Information Line Call Centre is currently open: 

  • Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Last Updated: 30/07/2020