Coronavirus in Canada: Reopening plans province-by-province

May 26, 2020 Off By The Wall of Law

In March, Canada began shutting down as the number of COVID-19 cases and resulting deaths soared. Now, with the initial stage of the epidemic slowing in many parts of the nation, provinces and territories are rolling out their reopening plans. Every jurisdiction is providing detailed advice, some with colour-coded charts and graphics.

A few general caveats:

  • A business or service may have reopened but that does not mean it has returned to “before COVID-19” standards.
  • People should expect that public health limits and distancing guidelines are in place, governing everything from the number of people in stores and restaurants to how professionals deal with close-contact situations and even how many people can attend a funeral. Self-isolation rules and other restrictions often do not apply to essential workers, such as truckers.
  • Not all services will resume in all areas at the start of each reopening phase.

Canada

There are rules on a national level in areas of federal jurisdiction:

  • Everyone returning from foreign travel must immediately go into a mandatory 14-day quarantine
  • All air travellers must wear masks
  • All international flights are restricted to airports in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal
  • The Canada-U.S. border is closed to non-essential travel until at least June 21

To skip directly to information and instructions for your home province on this post, follow the applicable link below:

British Columbia
Alberta
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
Ontario
Quebec
New Brunswick
Prince Edward Island
Nova Scotia
Newfoundland and Labrador


British Columbia

Name: Restart Plan

Current status: Stage 2, as of May 19

What reopens:

  • Restoration of health services
    • Re-scheduling elective surgery
  • Medically related services:
    • Dentistry, physiotherapy, registered massage therapy, and chiropractors
    • Physical therapy, speech therapy, and similar services
  • Retail sector
  • Hair salons, barbers, and other personal service establishments
  • In-person counselling
  • Restaurants, cafés, and pubs
  • Museums, art galleries, and libraries
  • Office-based worksites
  • Recreation and sports
  • Parks, beaches, and outdoor spaces
  • Child care
  • Parents will have the choice of bringing their children back to class on a part-time basis on June 1

Gatherings: Limited to 50 or fewer

Self-isolation after interprovincial travel: No

What’s next: Phase 3 from June to September.

What’s on the reopening schedule:

  • Hotels and Resorts (June 2020)
  • Parks – broader reopening, including some overnight camping (June)
  • Film industry – beginning with domestic productions (June/July)
  • Select entertainment – movies and symphony, but not large concerts (July)
  • Post-secondary education – with mix of online and in-class (September)
  • K-12 education – with only a partial return this school year (September)

Here is B.C.’s main provincial COVID-19 website.


Alberta

Name: Relaunch Strategy

Current status: Stage 1, as of May 14

What reopens:

  • Retail businesses like clothing, furniture and book stores
  • All farmers’ market vendors
  • Hairstyling and barber shops
  • Cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars can reopen for table service
  • Some scheduled, non-urgent surgeries to resume
  • Museums and art galleries.
  • Daycares and out-of-school care
  • Day camps, including summer school.
  • Post-secondary institutions will continue course delivery
  • Places of worship and funeral services
  • Dog parks and playgrounds

NOTE: Calgary and Brooks are on a more gradual schedule due to higher case numbers

 Gatherings: Limited to 15 or fewer indoors and 50 or fewer outdoors

Self-isolation after interprovincial travel: No

What’s next: Stage 2 (timing is TBD)

What’s on the reopening schedule:

  • K-12 schools
  • Libraries
  • More surgeries scheduled
  • Services by health disciplines, such as acupuncture and massage therapy
  • Personal services, such as artificial tanning, esthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatments and reflexology
  • Larger gatherings permitted 15 people indoors and 30 outdoors
  • Movie theatres and theatres

Here’s the main provincial COVID-19 website.


Saskatchewan


Name: Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan

Current status: Phase two, as of May 19

What reopens:

  • Retail businesses, including clothing stores, jewellers, toy stores, travel agencies, marinas, flower shops
  • Shopping malls
  • Personal service businesses, including hair salons, registered massage therapists, acupuncturists
  • Public markets and farmers’ markets

As of May 19, Saskatchewan Health Authority entered phase one of its own reopening schedule, focusing on:

  • outpatient physiotherapy appointments
  • kidney health services
  • some laboratory services
  • home care (e.g. bathing services) expanded immunizations

Gatherings: Limited to 10 or fewer

Self-isolation after interprovincial travel: No

What’s next: Phase three (timing TBD)

What’s on the reopening schedule:

  • Personal service businesses, including tattoo artists, estheticians, manicurists, suntanning parlours
  • Restaurant and food services
  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Licensed establishments
  • Childcare facilities

Here’s the main provincial COVID-19 website.


Manitoba


Name: Restoring Safe Services

Current status: Phase one, as of May 4

What reopens:

  • non-urgent surgery and diagnostic procedures
  • therapeutic and health care services
  • retail businesses
  • restaurants – patio/walk-up services
  • hairstylists and barbers
  • museums, galleries and libraries
  • outdoor recreation and campgrounds, including playgrounds, marinas, golf courses, outdoor yoga

Gatherings: Limited to 25 people or fewer indoors and 50 people outdoors, as of May 22

Self-isolation after interprovincial travel: Yes

What’s next: Phase two, beginning no earlier than June 1

What’s on the reopening schedule:

  • Restaurants, bars etc. to operate patio and dine-in services
  • Sports activities
  • Swimming pools, fitness clubs and community centres
  • film production

Here’s the main provincial COVID-19 site.


Ontario


Name: A Framework for Reopening Our Province

Current status: Stage 1, as of May 19

What reopens:

  • retail stores with street-front entrances, car dealerships
  • off-leash dog parks, water sports, tennis courts, outdoor sports facilities etc.
  • scheduled surgeries, procedures and services in hospitals, independent health facilities, clinics and private practices
  • religious services, drive-in only
  • libraries for pickup or deliveries
  • indoor and outdoor household services, such as cleaning and maintenance
  • veterinarians, pet grooming

Gatherings: Limited to five or fewer

Self-isolation after interprovincial travel: No

What’s next: Stage 2 (timing TBD but likely 2-4 weeks after Stage 1)

What’s on the reopening schedule:

  • More workplaces, including service industries as well as office and retail workplaces
  • Larger public gatherings

Here’s the main provincial COVID-19 site.


Quebec


Name: Gradual Resumption of Activities under the COVID-19-Related Pause

Current status: The province’s gradual reopening doesn’t have defined phases, such as those in other provincial plans. Reopening unrolled on a sector-by-sector basis, beginning on May 4.

What reopens:

  • Gradual withdrawal of checkpoints in remote regions within the province
  • Street-front retail businesses open
  • Non-priority mining and manufacturing enterprises, as well as construction sector, resume
  • Real estate brokers and building appraisers
  • Pre-schools and elementary schools open
  • Childcare services back in business
  • Outdoor sports and leisure activities

Note: Greater Montreal is on a more gradual schedule due to higher case numbers

Gatherings: As of May 22, limited to 10 people outside, including those from no more than three households

Self-isolation after interprovincial travel: No

What’s next: Rolling, sector-by-sector reopenings

What’s on the reopening schedule:

  • Dental services
  • Therapeutic care businesses, including physiotherapy, massage therapy
  • Libraries and museums
  • Performance halls, film studios (without audiences)

Here’s the main provincial COVID-19 site


New Brunswick


Name: Recovery Plan

Current status: Yellow level, as of May 22

What reopens:

On May 22:

  • Two-household bubble can be extended to close friends and family with indoor gatherings limited to 10 or fewer people
  • Non-regulated health professionals and businesses open, including acupuncturists and naturopaths.
  • Personal services and businesses may open, including barbers, hairstylists, spas, estheticians, manicurists, pedicurists and tattoo artists.

On May 29:

  • Outdoor public gatherings of 50 people or fewer
  • Religious services, including wedding and funerals, of 50 people or fewer, both indoors and outdoors
  • Elective surgeries and other non-emergency health-care services will increase.
  • Low-contact team sports
  • Swimming pools, saunas and waterparks, gyms, yoga and dance studios, rinks and indoor recreational facilities, pool halls and bowling alleys

On June 19: Overnight camps open

Gatherings: Limited to 10 or fewer (as of May 22)

Self-isolation after interprovincial travel: Yes

What’s next: Green level (timing TBD)

What’s on the reopening schedule:

  • Family and friends bubble
  • Gatherings with physical distancing of 50 or fewer
  • Increase in elective surgeries and other non-emergency health-care services
  • Non-regulated health professionals/businesses
  • Personal services businesses
  • Swimming pools, saunas and waterparks
  • Gyms, yoga and dance studios
  • Rinks and indoor recreational facilities
  • Pool halls and bowling alleys
  • Low-contact team sports

Here’s the main provincial COVID-19 website.


Nova Scotia


Name: Easing of Some Public Health Measures press release (No official plan unveiled to date)

Current status: Initial steps, as of May 1

What reopens:

  • Two-household bubble
  • provincial and municipal parks, community gardens
  • garden centres, nurseries and similar businesses
  • sport fishing is permitted from shore or boat
  • golf driving ranges
  • Cottages (restricted to one household unit at a time)
  • drive-in religious services will be allowed

Gatherings: Limited to 5 or fewer

Self-isolation after interprovincial travel: Yes

What’s next: A detailed recovery plan is still TBD

What’s on the reopening schedule: TBD

Here’s the main provincial COVID-19 site.


Prince Edward Island

Name: Renew PEI, Together

Current status: Phase Two, as of May 22

What reopens:

  • Members of the same household may gather outdoors with up to 10 other individuals from different households and indoors with up to five other individuals. Household units can expand by one or two members
  • Retail outlets
  • Greenhouses and nurseries
  • Construction, maintenance and repair services
  • Cleaning and restoration services
  • Hairdressers, barbers, and pet grooming.
  • Daycares
  • Health-service providers, including massage therapists
  • Dental care for emergency and urgent treatments

Gatherings: Limited to household plus up to 10 others outdoors, household plus five others indoors

Self-isolation after interprovincial travel: Yes

What’s next: Phase 3, potentially on June 1

What’s on the reopening schedule:

  • Gatherings of up to 15 people indoors and 20 people outdoors
  • Organized recreational activities including soccer, baseball and day camps, swimming pools and gyms
  • Art galleries, libraries and community centres
  • Nail salons, spas, tattoo studios
  • Indoor dining at food premises
  • Accommodation at campgrounds, inns, B&Bs (P.E.I. residents only)
  • Elective dental care

Here’s the main provincial COVID-19 site.


Newfoundland and Labrador


Name: A Foundation for Living with Covid-19

Current status: Alert Level 4, as of April 30

What reopens:

  • Double household bubble
  • Funeral and wedding gatherings restricted to 10 people or fewer
  • Recreational fishing and hunting, golf courses
  • Municipal parks
  • Some health care services resume
  • In-person services offered by professional services, such as lawyers and accountants
  • Gardening centres, landscaping services
  • Animal daycares

Gatherings: Limited to 10 or fewer

Self-isolation after interprovincial travel: Yes

What’s next: Alert Level 3, no earlier than June 8

What’s on the reopening schedule:

  • Gatherings expand to no more than 20 people
  • Day-use campsites
  • Summer day camps
  • Field sports, outdoor pools
  • Private health clinics
  • Retail stores, including those in shopping malls
  • Personal service businesses, including hair salons
  • Dine-in eating

Here’s the main provincial COVID-19 site.

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