State of Emergency – City of Toronto 

To arrest COVID-19 more quickly, and to save lives, protect the healthcare system and ensure the economy and society can rebound more quickly, the following measures were put in effect on April 1 for up to 12 weeks: 

  • All individuals with COVID-19 are ordered by the Medical Officer of Health to stay home, under the Health Protection and Promotion Act for 14 days


  • All individuals who have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are also ordered to stay home by the Medical Officer of Health for 14 days


  •  Anyone who is not ill or has not travelled, is strongly directed to stay home except for the following reasons: 

o Accessing healthcare or medication 
o Shop for groceries once per week 
o Walk their dogs 
o Get daily exercise while maintaining physical distancing of at least two metres


  •  People returning from international travel must stay home, already a federal order


  •  Anyone over the age of 70, as the province announced this week, is strongly encouraged to stay home as much as possible


  •  Increased supports for self-isolation for those experiencing homelessness


  •  Only essential businesses remain open, and those businesses maximize physical distancing and infection prevention and control practices, and limit in-person access to those businesses, as much as possible


  • Increased cleaning and active screening of employees at all businesses. 





On March 23, the City of Toronto declared a State of Emergency.  This declaration will allow our City to respond quickly to the pandemic and other events that arise in the weeks ahead.


Currently, all Toronto City Hall, Metro Hall, all Civic Centres are closed to the public.  This closure extends to Recreation Centres, Libraries, and cancellations of in-person public consultations. 


Full details of City services affected are listed here.