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New COVID-19 Lockdown Measures Take Effect Monday, November 23rd, 2020

New COVID-19 Lockdown Measures Take Effect Monday, November 23rd, 2020

The government is moving Peel Region and Toronto into Lockdown effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01am. Durham Region and Region of Waterloo will move to “Red-Control” level (restrictions across multiple sectors).

Lockdown measures and restrictions will largely affect retail establishments, restaurants, bars, sports and entertainment facilities, post-secondary schools, and meeting and event spaces, among others.

Waste Management Services Exempt from Lockdown
Under Section 34(ii) of O. Reg. 82/20, services and businesses that include “Collecting, transporting, storing, processing, disposing or recycling of any type of waste” are considered essential and exempt from lockdown measures.  Also exempt are other businesses that supply other essential businesses or essential services within Ontario.

Regions will stay in their restriction level for 28 days (to Dec 21st), or two COVID-19 incubation periods, at which time, the government will assess the impact of public health measures to determine if the public health unit should stay where they are or be moved to a different level.

The following regions will be in the following restriction levels effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.:

Lockdown (maximum measures) - GREY

  • Peel Region*
  • City of Toronto*

Control (stringent measures)RED

  • Durham Region*
  • Region of Waterloo*
  • City of Hamilton
  • Halton Region
  • York Region


Restrict (intermediate measures) – ORANGE

  • Huron-Perth*
  • Simcoe Muskoka District*
  • Southwestern Public Health (Oxford, Elgin, St. Thomas)*
  • Windsor-Essex County*
  • Niagara Region
  • Ottawa
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph



Please read the Ontario COVID-19 Response Framework for details on which regions and which services and businesses are at different restriction levels. If you have questions about temporary measures, including closures and essential workplaces during the coronavirus outbreak, call Ontario’s Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

If OWMA can assist you or help connect you with provincial government resources, please contact Steven Crombie, Manager of Policy & Research, at: