Ontario releases list of essential businesses that will remain open during the COVID-19 crisis

All non-essential workplaces must close by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday

Ontario premier Doug Ford has ordered all non-essential stores and services to close as of 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday in a measure aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

You can read a detailed list of businesses that will be permitted to keep their doors open here. Check out a condensed list of stores and businesses that will continue to operate below.

  • Supply Chains
  • Retail and Wholesaling
  • Food Services and Accommodations
  • Institutional, Residential, Commercial and Industrial Maintenance
  • Telecommunications and IT Infrastructure/Service Providers
  • Transportation
  • Manufacturing and Production
  • Agriculture and Food Production
  • Construction
  • Financial Activities
  • Resources
  • Environment Services
  • Utilities and Community Services
  • Communications Industries
  • Research
  • Health Care and Seniors Care and Social Services
  • Justice Sector
  • Business Regulators and Inspectors
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    “For the purposes of this order, businesses include any-for-profit, non-profit or other entity providing the goods and services described herein,” an official Ontario release reads. “This does not preclude the provision of work and services by entities not on this list either online, by telephone or by mail/delivery. Note that teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times for all businesses.”