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.
Time-limited measures and restrictions (Government of Ontario) will help slow the increase in COVID-19 cases, preserve public health system capacity, allow for progress to be made with vaccination, and save lives.
Roadmap to Reopen Ontario
The Roadmap to Reopen Ontario is a three-step plan to safely and gradually reopen Ontario. This strategy is based on the ongoing progress of province-wide vaccination rates and continued improvement in COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates.
Ontario is now in Step 3 of the roadmap as of Friday July 16, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.
Learn more about the Roadmap to Reopen Ontario (Government of Ontario).
On this page
- Public gatherings
- Recreational facilities
- School closures
- Community events and services
- Self-isolation orders under the Quarantine Act
- Enforcement of closures and orders
Employers must take precautions to protect the health of the workforce and support measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Workplaces must comply with applicable provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Government of Ontario) and its Regulations.
Learn more about:
- guidance for workplaces
- sector-specific guidance
- your right to refuse unsafe work (Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development)
Local context and conditions inform what is permitted in terms of public gathering limits and public health measures. Find out about the latest public health measures, advice and restrictions as we continue to respond to COVID-19. Stay home, stay safe, save lives.
Organizers who have questions about exceptions are encouraged to contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts or call 311 in Greater Sudbury.
For more information on facilities near you, visit your municipality’s website or, call 311 if you are seeking information for Greater Sudbury.
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
Quarantine (self-isolation) after returning to Canada
There is an Emergency Order (Government of Canada) under the Quarantine Act (Government of Canada) 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 Actor 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.
The Greater Sudbury Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) follow-up on local complaints.
Enforcement of closures and orders
Gatherings, closures and physical distancing
Depending on the issue and the location, complaints pertaining to emergency orders and the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 S.O. 2020, c. 17 (Government of Ontario) are investigated by:
- The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
- Greater Sudbury Police Service
- Greater Sudbury Bylaw Enforcement
- Public Health Sudbury & Districts
This includes investigating complaints such as public gatherings, places not following the closure order, and enhanced public health measures 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 September 24, 2021