Orders and enforcement (COVID-19)
All communities and individuals must follow federal (Government of Canada), provincial (Government of Ontario), and municipal orders for gatherings, closures, face coverings, and travel. The Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, which came into effect July 24, ensures measures made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act remain in place to address the threat of COVID-19.
Provincial governments, municipal governments, police services, and Public Health Sudbury & Districts all have a role to play in enforcing orders and closures.
COVID-19 Response Framework
The Government of Ontario announced a province-wide declaration of emergency and a stay-at-home order effective April 8, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. The time-limited measures and restrictions 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. Everyone must stay at home except for essential purposes such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including vaccination appointments), or for essential work.
The current COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open, will be paused when the provincewide emergency brake is in effect. Learn more about sector specific guidance.
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- Public gatherings
- Recreational facilities
- School closures
- Community events and services
- Self-isolation orders under the Quarantine Act
- Enforcement of closures and orders
The Government of Ontario is gradually reopening businesses, services, and public spaces on a regional basis as progress is made in the fight against COVID-19. Workplaces must comply with applicable provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Government of Ontario) and its Regulations.
Currently in effect: All persons responsible for a business or an organization that is currently open in the area served by Public Health Sudbury & Districts must have a policy in place to ensure that no one is permitted to enter or remain in an enclosed public space (public indoor spaces) unless they are wearing a face covering. This includes public transit. They must also have a policy in place for enclosed employee spaces to ensure physical distancing or face coverings, where physical distancing is not possible, among other responsibilities. Exemptions to wearing a face covering apply, for example due to medical conditions or age. No proof is required for exemption. For more information about face coverings and exemptions read our frequently asked questions. Learn more about these instructions in our letter to employers (322 KB, PDF) to ramp up efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Workplaces: what you need to know (244 KB, PDF)
- Community members: what you need to know (163 KB, PDF)
- Frequently asked questions
- Face covering signage, 8.5 x 11″ (214 KB, PDF)
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. For questions regarding openings or the impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1.888.444.3659 (Government of Ontario).
Learn more about:
- guidance for workplaces
- sector-specific guidance
- your right to refuse unsafe work (Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development)
All Ontarians should only allow close contact only with people living in their own household. Maintain two metres physical distancing from everyone else. Individuals who live alone may consider having close contact with another household.
The Government of Ontario announced a Provincewide Shutdown (Government of Ontario) to help slow the increase in COVID-19 cases. Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ service area, including Greater Sudbury and the districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin will be in a temporary shutdown effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., for 28 days. Time-limited, widescale measures and restrictions will take effect. Essential services and retail outlets (for example, grocery stores and pharmacies) will remain open.
No indoor organized public events and social gatherings are permitted, except with members of the same household.
Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation.
Limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, physical distancing can be maintained:
- 5 people outdoors
Masks or face coverings are required if 2 metres distance can’t be kept up, even outdoors.
People at their place of work, including performers and crews, do not count towards gathering limits.
Weddings and funerals
Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, where physical distancing can be maintained (applies in any venue other than a private dwelling):
- 15% capacity of the room indoors
- the number of people that can keep two metres of physical distance from each other
For both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, those attending must follow proper public health measures, including practising physical distancing from people who are not from the same household. Review latest provincial regulations for capacity limits.
Virtual and drive-in events and religious services, rites or ceremonies are permitted.
Organizers who have questions about exceptions are encouraged to contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts.
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.
March 11, 2021 – Letter of Instruction from the Medical Officer of Health on In-person Learning (PDF, 780 KB)
To: Directors of Education for School Boards and Principals of private schools operating within the City of Greater Sudbury and districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin
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
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 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.
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.
This item was last modified on April 9, 2021