Closures, orders, and enforcement (COVID-19)
Provincial governments, municipal governments, police services, and Public Health Sudbury & Districts all have a role to play in enforcing orders and closures.
On this page
- Public gatherings
- Closed recreational facilities
- School closures
- Community events and services
- Self-isolation orders under the Quarantine Act
- Enforcement of closures and orders
All non-essential workplaces are ordered to close by the Government of Ontario. Working from home and online commerce are permitted for all businesses. Learn more about what is considered an essential workplace (Government of Ontario).
Workplaces that continue to operate must comply with applicable provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Government of Ontario) and its Regulations.
If you have questions about what will be open or the impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1.888.444.3659 (Government of Ontario).
If you have questions or concerns about workplace health and safety, contact the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development or call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200) or use our COVID-19 information request form.
Ontario issued an order that prohibits all organized public events and social gatherings of more than 5 people (Government of Ontario), including parades, events, and communal services within places of worship.
Closed recreational facilities
Ontario also issued an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all public and private outdoor recreational amenities (Government of Ontario), such as:
- sports fields
- basketball and tennis courts
- off-leash dog parks
- skateboard and BMX parks
- picnic areas
- park shelters
- outdoor exercise equipment
- condo parks and gardens
- other outdoor recreational amenities
For up-to-date alerts and information on provincial orders, visit the Government of Ontario’s emergency status on COVID-19.
For up-to-date information on school closures visit the Ministry of Education website.
Community events and services
There is an Emergency Order (Government of Canada) under the Quarantine Act that requires every person entering Canada by air, sea, or land to self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days whether they have symptoms or not.
- Failure to follow this Order is an offense under the Quarantine Act and can result in a fine of up to $750,000 and/or imprisonment for six months.
- Anyone who causes a risk of imminent death or serious bodily harm to another person while willfully or recklessly going against the Quarantine Act or the regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $1,000,000 or to imprisonment of up to three years, or to both.
- Learn more about the Quarantine Act and requirements for travellers in our guidance for travellers. If you need to self-isolate, read how to self-isolate for more information.
Enforcement of closures and orders
Quarantine (self-isolation) after returning to Canada
The federal government enforces the Emergency Order (Government of Canada) under the Quarantine Act.
The Greater Sudbury Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) follow-up on local complaints.
Gatherings, closures and physical distancing
Depending on the issue and the location, complaints pertaining to Ontario’s declaration of emergency (Government of Ontario) are investigated by:
- The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
- Greater Sudbury Police Services
- Greater Sudbury Bylaw Enforcement
- Public Health Sudbury and Districts
This includes investigating complaints such as gatherings of over 5 people, places not following the closure order, and chronic physical distancing issues in public places.
Report an incident/register a complaint
To register a complaint in Greater Sudbury, please call: 311 (City of Greater Sudbury). The incident will be forwarded to the most appropriate agency to respond.
To register a complaint in the districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin, please contact the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) at 1.888.310.1122 or Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).
Please do not use 911 for these calls.
This item was last modified on April 27, 2020