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.
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
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 PHSD must have a policy in place to ensure that no one is permitted to enter or remain in an enclosed public space 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. 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)
As of June 12, 2020, Ontarians can establish a social circle, or bubble, of no more than 10 people who can interact with one another without physical distancing. Social circles are groups of people who have all agreed to be in one circle and one circle only. These groups do not have to keep 2 metres distance or wear masks and can hug or shake hands. You can only connect closely with people in your social circle and must keep your distance and wear a face covering with everyone else. Learn more about how to create a safe social circle (Government of Ontario).
(new: September 19, 2020) Unmonitored and private social gatherings are groups of up to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Unlike social circles, in social gatherings you must keep 2 metres distance from each other. Masks or face coverings are required if 2 metres distance can’t be kept up.
- Participants at all gatherings, unless in the same social circle (up to 10 people), must maintain two-metres distance apart.
Indoor gathering limits apply to events that are fully or partially indoors. Indoor events and gatherings cannot be combined with an outdoor event or gathering to increase the applicable gathering size.
People at their place of work, including performers and crews, do not count towards gathering limits
Weddings and funerals
The number of people allowed to attend an indoor wedding, religious service, or funeral can continue to fill up to a maximum of 30 per cent capacity of the ceremony venue (as of July 17 2020). Wedding and funeral ceremonies taking place outdoors will be limited to 100 attendees and to 50 indoors. 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 or their established 10-person social circle.
Organizers who have questions about exceptions are encouraged to contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts.
Based on positive public health trends the government is allowing the reopening of some outdoor recreational facilities (Government of Ontario).
Access to recreational facilities may vary by municipality. 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
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 September 19, 2020