Closures, orders, and enforcement (COVID-19)

To limit the spread of COVID-19, we must all do our part to practise physical (social) distancing and stay home unless it is absolutely essential to go out.

All communities and individuals must follow federal (Government of Canada), provincial (Government of Ontario), and municipal orders for gatherings, closures, and isolation.

Provincial governments, municipal governments, police services, and Public Health Sudbury & Districts all have a role to play in enforcing orders and closures.

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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.

Learn more about our guidance for workplaces and your right to refuse unsafe work (Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development).

Public gatherings

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:

For up-to-date alerts and information on provincial orders, visit the Government of Ontario’s emergency status on COVID-19.

School closures

For up-to-date information on school closures visit the Ministry of Education website.

Community events and services

For information about community events or services affected COVID-19, please consult your local municipality or individual event organizers of service providers.


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.

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:

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