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Both the Ontario government and City of Toronto declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak
Amid the confusion and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, it can be a challenge to navigate around the virus and continue your day-to-day life. Ontario Premier Doug Ford ordered all non-essential businesses and services to close on March 24 in efforts to contain any further spread of COVID-19. Here is what’s closed, open or operating on special hours.
- Theatres, concert venues, restaurants, bars and clubs have been asked by Toronto health officials to close or change to delivery and takeout services effective March 17.
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- Chipotle (DoorDash)
- Jerk King (Uber Eats)
- The SOS Pasta (Uber Eats)
- Tacos El Asador (Uber Eats)
- Goldstone Noodle House (Uber Eats)
- Ka Chi (Foodora)
- Kawa Sushi (Foodora)
- The Halal Guys (Foodora)
- Heavenly Perogy (Foodora)
- Big Poppa’s Vegan (Foodora)
- Little India Restaurant is offering free meals (one vegetable + nan/rice) for those in need or who have lost their jobs
- Metrolinx has reduced GO train and bus services with revised schedules, effective March 18.
- Ryerson University has moved all classes online and is operating on an “essential services model” until further notice.
- The University of Toronto has moved all classes online
- All George Brown College campuses have closed and are delivering classes online
- All Humber College campuses have closed and are delivering classes remotely from March 23 to April 17.
- Toronto Eaton Centre has reduced operating hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. as of March 17, along with nine other Cadillac Fairview owned shopping malls in Ontario.
- All Toronto Public Library branches have closed effective March 13.
- GoodLife Fitness clubs across Canada have temporarily closed, effective March 16.
- All LA Fitness club locations have closed until at least March 31.
- The CN Tower has suspended operations effective March 14 until April 14.
- The YMCA of Greater Toronto has temporarily closed all health and fitness centres, set to re-open on April 6.
- Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has temporarily closed effective March 16.
- The Royal Ontario Museum has closed effective March 13 until at least April 5.
- The Art Gallery of Ontario has closed effective March 13 until April 5.
- The Hockey Hall of Fame has closed effective March 14 and will re-open on April 6.
- The TIFF Bell Lightbox will be closed until April 14.
- The Hot Docs Film Festival scheduled for April 30-May 10 has been postponed.
- The Toronto Comic Arts Festival scheduled for May 8-10 has been cancelled.
- All Mirvish theatres have suspended performances until April 12.
- The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has cancelled all remaining performances in March and will be assessing April concerts as the situation evolves.
- The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts has cancelled all concerts until April 2.
- The Toronto Marathon scheduled for May 3 has been cancelled.
- Grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores and gas stations
- Hardware stores, safety supply stores and office supply stores
- Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers
- TTC services will operate as usual with some modified routes (the TTC asks riders to enter and exit through rear doors only)
- Hotels, motels and shared rental units
- Newspaper publishers, radio and television broadcasting and telecommunications providers
- Childcare services for essential workers
- Businesses providing for the health and welfare of animals
- Businesses providing mailing, shipping, courier and delivery services, including post office boxes
- The St. Lawrence Market is open (the Sunday Antique Market is temporarily closed)
- All cannabis stores and cannabis producers
- LCBO stores across the province are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- The Beer Store has reduced store hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday with Sunday hours remaining unchanged.
- Toronto Pearson International Airport
- Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport