Covid-19 Current Status, shutdown province wide

COVID-19 Response


Covid-19 Current Status, shutdown province wide

Peterborough Public Health Level: SHUTDOWN

Lasted Edited/Reviewed: 8:43 a.m., January 14, 2021

As of January 12, 2021 the Province of Ontario has announced tighter restrictions in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. As part of the new restrictions, the Province has issued a “stay at home order”. People should only go out only for essential trips, such as to pick up groceries or go to medical appointments. By implementing these measures and asking everyone to stay home, we can stay safe and save lives. Click here to read more about the measures that will take effect. We are in the process of reviewing the changes and will update our website shortly.

During the provincial shutdown period, Ontario’s colour-coded COVID-19 Response Framework will be paused. That means that the measures in the Yellow-Protect category that the Peterborough Public Health region had been in will be replaced by the tougher COVID-19 shutdown restrictions that come into effect on Dec. 26.

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Key Highlights


  • Everyone should stay home unless it is an essential reason to go out. Essential reasons are accessing health care and medication, grocery shopping, child care, exercise alone or people in your household (the people you live with) and in the community where you live, walking pets when required, and supporting vulnerable community members to meet the needs above.
  • Remote work should happen in all industries to the greatest extent possible.
    • Employers should enable and support workers to work remotely and accommodate household needs related to virtual education and dependent care.
  • If going out, continue to follow important public health measures such as staying 2 metres apart from others and wearing masks/face coverings (ensure face coverings are tightly fitted to cover the nose, mouth and chin; scarves and bandanas are insufficient).
  • No indoor gatherings are allowed, except with members of your own household (people you live with).
  • Do not travel within or outside Ontario. Travel outside your area should be limited to only essential purposes.

Business Openings/Closures

  • No in-person indoor or outdoor dining is allowed. Restaurants/bars can only open for takeout, drive-through or delivery.
  • Supermarkets, drug stores and other essential businesses can remain open for in-person shopping, but with capacity limits. Grocery stores and pharmacies can only operate at 50% capacity, while discount and big box retailers selling groceries will be limited to 25% capacity.
  • All other non-essential stores can open only for curbside pickup or delivery.
  • Gyms/fitness clubspersonal care services (hair salons, tattoo parlours, etc.), museums and movie theatres are closed.
  • Business or organizations must continue COVID-19 screening for any workers or essential visitors entering the workplace.
  • All businesses that are allowed to open must complete a COVID-19 safety plan. A copy must be posted prominently and made available upon request.

Shopping Malls

  • Closed for in-person shopping.
  • People may only enter the mall to: go to businesses and organizations permitted to be open (e.g., pharmacy, dentist, government services); go to the food court to get takeaway; or for curbside pickup by appointment at designated spots.
  • No one can loiter in any part of the shopping mall that is not related to the purpose of their visit.

Weddings, Funerals and Other Religious Services, Rites or Ceremonies

  • Maximum of 10 people allowed inside or outside for weddings, funerals and other religious services.
  • Consider virtual or live-streamed services instead.

Recreational Facilities

  • Facilities for indoor and outdoor sports and recreational fitness must close, subject to limited exemptions.
  • Ski hills are closed.
  • Outdoor recreational amenities such as ice rinks, snowmobile/cross-country ski trails, tobogganing hills, parks/recreation areas, etc. can stay open.
    • Anyone using these facilities must ensure 2 metre physical distancing from anyone outside their immediate household.
    • Team sports or other sports/games where people may come closer than 2 metres of each other, are not permitted in these facilities

For Schools

  • The following approach will apply to publicly-funded and private elementary and secondary learning, with the exception of First Nation and federally operated schools:
    • Elementary and secondary school students at publicly-funded schools would participate in remote learning from January 4-January 8, 2021. Schools will be closed during this time. 
      •  Elementary school students would return to in person learning on January 11, 2021
      • Secondary school students would continue learning remotely until January 25, 2021 and resume in-person learning on that date
    • During these times, schools will be closed, except for the following exceptions:
      • For staff who are unable to deliver quality remote teaching, instruction or support to students from home
      • To provide access for child care centers in schools

For Child Care

Child care will remain open for the duration of the Provincewide Shutdown period. This includes child care offered in licensed centres, in home-based settings (licensed and unlicensed) and by authorized recreation and skill-building providers.

  • During the period where elementary schools are operating virtually (i.e., from January 4 to 8, inclusive), licensed child care centres and authorized recreation and skill-building providers will be prohibited from serving school-aged children. All before and after school programs are being closed during this one-week period. These programs may resume operation when elementary schools return to in-person learning on January 11, 2021
  • To support the parents of school-aged children who may not be able to accommodate their child’s learning/care at home, the Ministry of Education will be implementing a targeted emergency child care program for school-aged children, at no cost to eligible parents. Please refer to Appendix B  for a list of eligible workers.
  • Operators of before and after school programs that are required to close from January 4-8, 2021 are prohibited from charging fees or otherwise penalizing parents during this time period (e.g., parents must not lose their respective child care spaces)

For specific questions about returning to school please be sure to check your child’s school board website:

Additional Resources

If you have further questions, call Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000, or email: