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.

State of emergency and stay-at-home order

The Provincewide Shutdown (Government of Ontario) remains in effect.

On January 12, 2021, Ontario declared a province-wide state of emergency (Government of Ontario). A stay-at-home order is in effect requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise, or for essential work.

Enhanced public health and workplace safety measures (Government of Ontario) are also in effect and are anticipated to be in place until at least February 11, 2021. To limit the spread of COVID-19, make sure to follow public health guidance: wash your hands, practise physical distancing, and wear a face covering when you go out.

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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.

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:

Public gatherings

Social Circles

As of, December 26, 2020 at 12:01 a.m, the Government of Ontario is moving to a Provincewide shutdown and advising that all Ontarians 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.

Social Gatherings

All indoor public events and social gatherings are prohibited. Groups of up to 10 people may gather outdoors with physical distancing in place. Masks or face coverings are required if 2 metres distance can’t be kept up, even outdoors.

Indoor gathering restrictions 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

Indoor weddings, religious services, or funerals can continue with up to 10 people where physical distancing can be maintained. 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.

Organizers who have questions about exceptions are encouraged to contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts.

Recreational facilities

As of, December 26, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the Government of Ontario is moving to a Provincewide shutdown. Indoor recreational sport and fitness facilities will close. Outdoor recreational amenities such as parks and skating trails will remain open for individual use with public health measures in place.

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.

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

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:

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 January 14, 2021