COVID-19 Pandemic: What’s Closed, Cancelled, and Postponed

The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused numerous closures, cancellations, and postponements throughout the city. 

Below is a list of current closures, cancellations, and postponements in Ontario. 

This list will be updated as new closures, cancellations, or postponements are announced.

Government Services

  • All non-essential services will be closed until further notice.
  • Only grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations will remain open.
  • Full list of closures/adjustments to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are below.

Education & Child Care

  • Ontario schools will be shut down for two weeks following the March Break to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
  • Students will go back to school April 6th
  • All Ontario Daycares will be closed until further notice.

Retial

  • Costco will remain open, but the company said it will take steps to control the number of people allowed in its warehouses.
  • All Hudson’s Bay stores are closed for 2 weeks
  • Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Off 5th, which are both owned by Hudson’s Bay Co., will do the same.
  • All Indigo and Chapters stores until March 27.
  • Nordstrom is closed until further notice.
  • Holt Renfrew is closing all locations “until further notice.” Online shopping will remain available.
  • H&M is closing all of its American and Canadian retail locations until April 2.
  • Clothing retailer Uniqlo closes its Canadian stores until March 30.
  • Aritzia Inc. is closing all of its stores until further notice.
  • Nike has closed its stores in Canada until March 27.
  • Apple has closed all its stores outside China until March 27.
  • Skincare company Kiehls and makeup retailer Sephora have temporarily closed all of their Canadian locations.
  • Toys “R” Us is closing all 82 of its Canadian stores until March 30.
  • Claire’s Stores Inc. is closing all of its North American stores until at least March 27.
  • IKEA stores are closed until further notice, store is offering click and collect only.
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Entertainment, Events & Concerts

  • Landmark Cinemas has closed all their movie theatres across the country
  • Cineplex has closed all their locations across the country, including The Rec Room and Playdium.
  • All Live Nation productions have either cancelled or postponed any shows scheduled in March. Click here for more info.
  • The National Museums of Canada will be closed until further notice.
  • The Art Gallery of Ontario will be closed until April 5.
  • CN Tower is closed.
  • The Sanderson Centre is closed.
  • Toronto Zoo, as well as Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and other wildlife attractions are closed until further notice.

Gyms

  • Goodlife Fitness and Fit4Less Clubs are closed until further notice.The YMCA of Greater Toronto has decided to close all its centres until April 5.Orangetheory Fitness closed until least March 30.According to the company, all memberships will be frozen effective March 17.LA Fitness closer until April 1st.The Planet Fitness Canada chain is offering free 20-minute fitness classes on Facebook live at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET every day.

Restaurants

  • All bars and restaurants are closed, with the exception of those offering takeout and delivery.Food delivery service SkipTheDishes has suspended cash payments as a precaution to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Customers also have the option of requesting contactless delivery orders.Starbucks is moving to a take-out model at its stores for the next 2 weeks.Tim Hortons to provide take-out, drive-thru and delivery only.
  • Late Monday, the Keg Steakhouse and Bar is closed for 2 weeks.DavidsTea has closed but can still be purchased online.Second Cup Coffee Co. has closed all of its in-store dining area but will continue serving and drinks to go, for delivery or via drive through.Restaurants within the Recipe Unlimited Corp. — which owns Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, New York Fries and Pickle Barrel — have closed their dining rooms.  Some locations will continue to offer take out, delivery and drive-through sales.

Sports

  • The NHL (Toronto Maple Leafs) has suspended play until further notice.
  • The AHL (Toronto Marlies) has suspended play until further notice.
  • The NBA (Toronto Raptors) has suspended play until further notice.
  • The MLB (Toronto Blue Jays) has suspended play until further notice.
  • The NLL (Toronto Rock) has suspended play until further notice.

Brantford/Brant County

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City Programming & Services Cancellations/Postponements:

Spring Tree Planting Events

The Brant Tree Coalition has cancelled the following tree planting events as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of community spread of Coronavirus COVID-19.

  • Brantford Community Tree Plant – April 19th
  • The Brant Tree Coalition High School Tree Planting Event – April 22nd
  • Brant Community Tree Plant – April 25th
  • Annual Rotary Spring Tree Plant – May 3rd.

It is the intention of the Brant Tree Coalition to reschedule these events in the fall.

Parks Services

City Parks and Trails remain open. As park amenities are not sanitized, residents are asked to ensure they are adhering to strict social distancing guidelines (6 ft apart) and are taking the following precautions while enjoying outdoor parks and public spaces:

  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Keep a safe distance of 6 feet or 2 metres from those around you
  • Avoid touching your face
  • No hug or handshakes

Recreation Programs, Swim Lessons and Rental Refunds

A full refund will be issued to personal ActiveNet accounts for the following;

  • All cancelled March break day camps and programs
  • All rentals scheduled to take place during facility closures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

For programs and swim lessons that are currently in session, or were scheduled to take place during the closure, registrants will receive a prorated credit on their ActiveNet account for the duration of the closure. If a program is still in session during the closure, the classes missed will be credited to relevant ActiveNet accounts once facilities reopen.

We kindly ask for the public’s patience as we work towards processing everyone’s accounts and respond to questions in as timely a manner as possible.

Memberships

All current passholder accounts for members of the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre and/or the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre will automatically be placed on hold until the facility reopens. Monthly pre-authorized payment (PAP) passholders accounts will not have their April 15th payment processed automatically. Thank you for your understanding.

Brantford Transit Terminal

In an effort to limit the number of people in the Transit Terminal located at 64 Darling St., effective immediately, the Terminal will only be open for renewal or purchase of bus passes, and will close daily at 5:00 p.m.  Transit service hours will not be impacted by the 5:00 p.m. closure of the Terminal.

Water Meter Replacement

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, replacement of water meters located inside the private properties has been suspended.

Any emergency concerns related to drinking water or wastewater blockage issues, please continue to contact the City’s Customer Contact Centre at 519-759-4150. We are here for you!

Wipes

An important reminder to residents to NOT flush wipes down the toilet.

Flushable wipes can clog sewer pipes, sewer pumps and septic systems jeopardizing the health and safety of public. Always dispose wipes in the garbage.

The following items should NEVER be flushed down the toilet:

Personal care wipes, baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, makeup remover cloths, paper towel, cotton swabs, dental floss, diapers, grease/fat from food, hair; old medicines, sanitary products.

Click here for a complete list of City of Brantford Closures & Cancellations 

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