COVID-19 Provincial and Territorial Restrictions and Closures

Updated: June 25, 2020

BRITISH COLUMBIA

BC has announced a Restart Plan to reopen the economy. Under the plan, starting in mid-May, provincial parks are open for day use and some non-essential businesses (including retail and restaurants) are allowed to operate while following strict guidelines. Since June 1st, more outdoor facilities and campgrounds have reopened.

Park closures: On May 14th, the majority of provincial parks and protected areas and marine parks have been open for day use only. Most provincial campgrounds and recreational sites have been open since June 1st, along with more parks for day-use activities. Please consult the BC Parks website for the latest.

Public gatherings: Limited to 50 people or fewer.

Manufacturing / retail guidelines:

Guidance to B.C. manufacturers during COVID-19 (BC Information Bulletin)

Manufacturing (WorkSafeBC)

Retail (WorkSafeBC)

Small business (WorkSafeBC)

ALBERTA

Alberta's reopening plan has begun to roll out. Effective May 14th, many businesses can resume operations. This includes retail stores, restaurants and bars (50% capacity), and day camps with limited occupancy. Note there is a slower phase-in for businesses and facilities in the cities of Calgary and Brooks. For full details, please read the government's news release.

Park closures: Alberta will be restoring access to provincial parks and public lands in phases:

  • Since June 12th, provincial campgrounds are open at full capacity.
  • A number of boat launches in provincial parks are also open effective May 1st, with a goal of having all boat launches open by May 14th. For the latest list of open amenities, please check albertaparks.ca.

Public gatherings: 50 people maximum: indoor social gatherings, including wedding and funeral receptions, and birthday parties
100 people maximum: outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events, including wedding and funeral ceremonies.

Manufacturing / retail guidelines:

COVID-19 General Relaunch Guidance (Alberta Government)

Retail (Alberta Government)

SASKATCHEWAN

Saskatchewan has announced its 'Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan' to gradually lift COVID-19 restrictions. The first phase began May 4th and allows "low-risk outdoor recreational activities" including fishing and boat launches. Businesses reopening their doors must follow the Saskatchewan government's .

Phase three, which came into effect June 8th, allows restaurants and bars to reopen at 50 percent capacity.

For full details on the plan, please visit the government of Saskatchewan website here.

Park closures: Saskatchewan provincial parks opened to vehicle traffic on May 4, 2020, to allow access to boat launches and shorelines. Effective June 1st, provincial park campgrounds are also open. Please note the following restrictions:

  • Passengers in boats can only be people who reside in the same household.
  • Shoreline anglers need to keep a minimum two-metre distance from others.
  • Fishing off public docks, dams, jetties or marinas is banned.

Public gatherings: Indoor - 15 People; Outdoor - 30 People.

Manufacturing / retail guidelines:

COVID-19 General Workplace Information (Saskatchewan Government)

Retail Guidelines (Saskatchewan Government)

Outdoor Recreation Guidelines (Saskatchewan Government)

MANITOBA

Manitoba has announced its Restoring Safe Services plan to ease restrictions and support the province's economic recovery. Under the plan, retail businesses - including boat dealers - are allowed to reopen. Outdoor recreation and campgrounds are also permitted to reopen, along with indoor dining at restaurants (50 percent capacity with minimum 2-metre physical distancing). For details on all the rules and guidelines that reopening businesess need to follow, please visit: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/.

According to the Manitoba government, "Marinas fall under the category of outdoor recreational businesses and therefore can open on May 4, 2020."

As of June 21st, anyone returning to Manitoba from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon, Northwest and Nunavut territories; or Northwestern Ontario (defined as west of Terrace Bay) does not need to self-isolate for 14 days if they are without symptoms and have had no known exposure to COVID-19.

Park closures: Provincial parks remain open in Manitoba, but people must practice social distancing at all times. Manitoba camping season kicks-off on the May long weekend, with changes such as social distancing and online purchases of park passes.

Public gatherings: Restricted to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Two persons are allowed in small fishing boats and pleasure craft.

Other measures: Fishing season officially opens Saturday, May 9th in the Southern Division and Saturday, May 16th in the rest of the province. Full full details, please read the government news release.

Manufacturing / retail guidelines:

Workplace Guidance for Business Owners (Manitoba Government)

ONTARIO

Ontario has released a three-stage Framework for Reopening our Province. Any businesses reopening under the plan must follow the ministry of health's Guidance Document for Essential Workplaces and occupational health and safety requirements. The following sections are relevant to the recreational boating sector:

Effective Saturday, May 16th, marinas, boat clubs, and public boat launches can be open to the public for recreational use. The specific language from the province reads:

"Marinas and boat clubs (e.g. yacht clubs) are authorized to be open to the public. Any clubhouse, or recreational amenity must remain closed, except for washrooms and first aid facilities. Marinas / boat clubs may operate generally including by providing grocery or convenience stores, provide fuel supplies, provide watercraft repair and servicing, and provide watercraft docking and launching services to the public. Restaurants on the premises may provide food by take-out or delivery."

Ontario has also published workplace safety guidelines for marinas, which can be found here.

Effective Tuesday, May 19th, retailers with a separate street entrance (not including shopping malls) will be allowed to open their doors to customers, in addition to offering curbside pickup and delivery. This includes "boat, watercraft and marine supply dealers". Businesses are required to put safety measures in place, such as capping the number of customers in the store at one time or requiring people to book appointments. 

As of June 24th, nearly all regions of Ontario (except Windsor-Essex) have entered Stage 2 of the reopening framework. Businesses allowed to open include shopping malls, outdoor tour and guide services (including boat tours), and restaurants and bars with outdoor seating only.

Park closures: Provincial parks and conservation reserves have been open since May 11th with limited access. Permitted activities include walking, hiking, biking and birdwatching. In regions that have entered Stage 2, Ontario Parks campgrounds and private campgrounds can also open for recreational vehicle, car camping and all other types of camping.

As of June 1st, back country camping is allowed in provincial parks and on Crown lands, although public amenities such as visitor centres and park stores will stay closed.

Parks Canada has announced that, effective June 1st, the Trent Severn Waterway will "begin offering limited visitor access and basic services." Please visit the official Trent Severn Waterway website for full details.

Public gatherings: Limited to 10 people or fewer.

Manufacturing / retail guidelines:

Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace (Ontario Government)

Manufacturing Guidance Note and Tip Sheet (Ontario Government)

Retail Tip Sheet (Ontario Government)

Workplace PPE Supplier Directory

QUEBEC

On April 28th, Quebec announced its plan to gradually reopen the economy. Retail shops (not malls) are open effective May 4th, except Montreal which opens May 11th. Manufacturing can resume with a reduced workforce on May 11th, and full workforce on May 25th. Employers will need to comply with physical distancing and other public health guidelines. For full details, please see the related government website here.

On May 27th, the Quebec government announced that marinas can reopen under certain conditions starting on June 1, 2020. Starting June 8th, the provine is also permitting "open air and leisure activities that take place outdoors...provided that the physical distancing rules and all other guidelines issued by the public health authorities are followed".

Starting on June 19th, tourist welcome and information centres will be open. Maritime excursions will also be able to resume their activities starting from July 1, 2020.

Park closures: Some municipal parks remain open depending on the city. For example, Montreal nature parks are open to the public.

The provincial park agency (Sépaq) has indicated it will gradually reopen public access to its territories starting in June. This includes "nautical activities with a personal watercraft, as well as some lakes for day fishing".

Public gatherings: Indoor gatherings are prohibited; outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people from a maximum of three households.

Manufacturing / retail guidelines:

Reopening and maintaining economic activities (Quebec Government)

COVID-19 Resources for All Sectors (CNESST)

Manufacturing Sector Toolkit (CNESST)

Retail and Shopping Sector Toolkit (CNESST)

NEW BRUNSWICK

New Brunswick has announced an easing of some of the rules around COVID-19. For example, the delay on recreational fishing and hunting season has been lifted and people can now enjoy outdoor spaces such as parks and beaches (with physical distancing). Effective Friday, May 8th, the following can also reopen:

  • Retail businesses, including boat dealers.
  • Marinas.
  • Restaurants.
  • Campgrounds and outdoor recreational businesses or operations.

Park closures: Some public areas in provincial parks are now accessible. Please visit the Tourism New Brunswick website for the latest news.

Public gatherings: Restricted to 10 or fewer people.

Other restrictions:

Certain businesses - personal services, gyms and yoga studios, pool halls and bowling alleys, etc. - still need to remain closed. Please see the province's reopening plan for specifics.

Manufacturing / retail guidelines:

All businesses must follow the general guidelines from Public Health and Worksafe NB's Guidelines for New Brunswick Workplaces.

 NOVA SCOTIA

Park closures: Provincial and municipal parks and trails have been allowed to reopen.

Public gatherings: Restricted to 10 or fewer people.

Other measures:

  • Sportfishing is allowed from shore or boat, but fishing derbies are banned.
  • People can visit boating, yacht or sailing clubs for the purpose of preparing boats for use.
  • People can use their cottages (use is restricted to one household unit at a time and travel must be directly to the cottage and back).

Manufacturing / retail guidelines:

Working During Covid-19 (Nova Scotia Government)

Manufacturing Guidelines (WCB Nova Scotia)

Retail Guidelines (WCB Nova Scotia)

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

PEI has released its Renew PEI, Together reopening plan. Under the plan, effective May 1st, outdoor gatherings and non-contact outdoor recreational activities are allowed. This includes marinas & yacht clubs and recreational fishing. Residents of PEI are also allowed to access their seasonal properties on the island.

Park closures: Starting June 5th, the province will be re-opening several provincial parks for day use. Please see the full list here.

Public gatherings: Gatherings are restricted to 15 people indoors, and 20 people outdoors (for example, worship services, large families having visitors or playing frisbee in the park).

 Other measures:

  • Recreational angling season opened on May 1st. 

Manufacturing / retail guidelines:

Employers: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (PEI Government)

COVID-19 Toolkit (WCB of PEI)

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Newfoundland and Labrador has released a reopening plan that allows more social and business activities. Under Alert Level 4, which came into effect May 11th, "outdoor activities are encouraged" as long as people can physically distance. Hunting and angling are permitted.

Under Alert level 3, effective June 8th, "Provincial, municipal and private campgrounds are permitted to open for limited overnight camping with restrictions". Retail stores including malls are also allowed to open, along with restaurants at reduced capacity.

Park closures: On March 30th, it was announced that Newfoundland and Labrador provincial parks would not open due to COVID-19.

Public gatherings: Restricted to 20 or fewer people.

Manufacturing / retail guidelines:

Guidance for Workplaces (Newfoundland Government)

Physical Distancing Guidance for Businesses (Newfoundland Government)

Retail Guidance (Newfoundland Government)

Car Dealership Guidelines (Newfoundland Government)

TERRITORIES

YUKON

Yukon has begun lifting restrictions for several sectors. For example, restaurants can provide dine-in services at 50% capacity. You can read the latest on Yukon's plan here.

Public gatherings: Limited to 10 people or fewer (50 for outdoors)

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

NWT is currently in phase 2 of their Emerging Wisely reopening plan, which includes allowing outdoor tourism operators and dine-in restaurants to resume service within limits.

Park closures: Territorial Park campgrounds are open June 12th. Please check the NWT Parks website for the latest.

Public gatherings: Indoor gatherings limited to 25 people; outdoor gatherings capped at 50 people.

NUNAVUT

Nunavut is slowly reopening under its Nunavut's Path plan. Currently retail outlets can be open and restaurants and bars can operate at half capacity. As well, territorial parks are open for outdoor activity only.

Public gatherings: Outdoor gatherings limited to 25 people or less.