COVID-19 UPDATE: April 6, 2021 - Provincewide shutdown

On Saturday April 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. the entire Province of Ontario went into shutdown.

What this means

Starting April 3, the COVID-19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones) is paused. We must all follow temporary restrictions and public health and workplace safety measures. The impacts of these measures will be evaluated after one month to determine if it is safe to lift the restrictions or if they need to be extended.

You should:

  • stay home as much as possible
  • limit close contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else
  • limit trips outside your home to necessities, such as:
    • getting food or medication
    • going to medical appointments
    • supporting vulnerable community members
    • child care
    • getting exercise or walking pets


  • stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • stay two metres apart from people you don’t live with
  • wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces or any time physical distancing is not possible

What is the Provincewide “Emergency Brake” Shutdown?

Ontario is using the “emergency brake” and placing all public health regions in a Provincewide Shutdown. Enhanced public health and workplace safety measures are in place that:

  • are the most stringent, to address rapidly escalating conditions, including the spread of variants of concern.
  • include business closures in higher risk sectors, for example, fitness activities, personal care service establishments, indoor and outdoor dining.

For details on Shutdown measures and restrictions, visit the Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Shutdown website.

Organized public events and social gatherings


  • Indoor gatherings are not allowed.
  • Outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 5 people are permitted; however, it is suggested to only gather with the people you live with.
  • Those who live alone and single parents may consider close contact with only one other household.
  • Must keep 2 metres physical distance from all others outside your household.
  • Wear a mask/face covering.

Religious services, weddings, funerals


  • Capacity limits for services, rites or ceremonies:
    1. Indoors: Maximum of 15% of room or structure capacity.
    2. Outdoors: Limited to the number of individuals that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance. 
  • Capacity limits for social gatherings before or after a religious service or ceremony:
    1. Indoors: Not permitted.
    2. Outdoors: Maximum of 5 people.
  • Virtual and drive-in events and religious services, rites or ceremonies permitted.
  • For more details, visit the Places of Worship, Weddings and Funerals page.

Schools and child care centres


  • Schools, child care centres and post-secondary institutions can remain open.
  • Schools in the City of Thunder Bay and surrounding municipalities are closed for in-person learning until April 12, 2021.
  • Spring Break is April 12 - 16, 2021.

Meeting and event spaces

  • Closed, with limited exceptions.
  • For a list of full requirements, visit the Meetings and Events page.

Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments

  • Closed for indoor and outdoor dining service.
  • Take out, drive through and delivery permitted, including alcohol.

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

  • Facilities for indoor and outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities are currently closed, with limited exceptions.
  • Outdoor recreational amenities (e.g. ice rinks, ski hills, snow trails) open with restrictions. Check with your municipality for more details.
  • Teams sports must not be practiced or played except for training (no games or scrimmage) and activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within 2 metres of each other are not allowed.
  • For a list of full requirements, visit the Information for Specific Sectors page.



  • In person shopping permitted for all retail, subject to capacity limits of:
    1. 50% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies.
    2. 25% for all other retail, including discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores and garden centres.
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted.
  • Screening, masking and physical distancing measures in place.
  • For a full list of requirements, visit the Information for Specific Sectors page.

Shopping malls 

  • Stores within malls subject to appropriate retail measures.
  • Food courts can only be open for take-away and delivery.

Personal service settings

  • Closed

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Closed

Cinemas and performing arts facilities

  • Closed, including drive-in cinemas/performances.


Municipal Administration and Ward Offices

  • All Municipal Administration/Ward Offices are closed to the Public until further notice.  Residents wishing to make bill payments may do so via mail, at your bank, on-line banking, or over the phone. 
  • No unnecessary entrance to any Municipal building is permitted by any persons including Municipal employees.  Telephone and email communications are to be utilized whenever possible. 
  • Staff will be available during regularly scheduled hours (unless otherwise indicated) to assist residents via phone and/or email.  
  • Commissioning services will not be available until further notice. 

Office Contact List 

2021 Licensing

  • Due to the current Lockdown Order an extension has been implemented for purchasing both Business and Dog Licenses.
  • A new deadline for renewal of Dog Licenses will be announced.  Dog Licenses may still be purchased by calling the Municipal Administration Office or a Ward Office.
  • The deadline for the renewal of Business Licenses will be announced when onsite inspections become possible.

 Recreation/Community Centres

  • All Community Centres remain closed.

Community Services

  • The Seniors' Centre Without Walls program is now available to all local Seniors 55+.  
  • Senior's Transportation services in Geraldton will be limited to grocery shopping and medication pickups from the pharmacy and will be limited to one person at a time. To schedule please call 854-1100 ext. 2010. 
  • Senior's Transportation services in Longlac will be limited to grocery shopping and medication pickups from the pharmacy and will be limited to one person at a time. To schedule, call the Longlac Ward Office at 876-2316. 

Public Works

  • Regular services and operations (garbage pickup, snow clearing, etc.) will continue.
  • Landfill hours remain the same. 

Council Meetings

  • The gallery in Council Chambers will remain closed to the public.
  • Council meetings may be viewed via live streaming.  Recordings of previous meetings are also available for viewing.

The Municipality of Greenstone continues to implement measures with the health and safety of all residents in mind. Please remember that this is a fluid situation and changes may occur at any time. For current updates please visit the Thunder Bay District Health Unit website.  

Tuesday, April 6, 2021