List of cancellations and closures in Ontario amid COVID-19 outbreak

Toronto, March 14, 2020: As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, a multitude of events and popular attractions have been cancelled or closed.

Grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants remain open in Toronto.

Here is a list of cancellations and closures:

  • All publicly funded schools in Ontario will be closed for two weeks after March Break, March 14 to April 5.
  • Daycares at TDSB schools to close March 14 to April 5.
  • All licensed childcare centres will close for the next three weeks starting Monday
  • York University announced Friday it will move all classes online.
  • The University of Toronto cancelled its classes but said they will find other means to teach courses, including moving online.
  • Ryerson University said it will be shifting all in-person classes to virtual and other alternative forms of delivery.
  • The Archdiocese of Toronto said public Mass is cancelled March 14 and 15.

“The Government of Ontario’s top priority will always be the health and well-being of Ontarians. To help contain the spread of COVID-19, Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, has recommended the immediate suspension of all gatherings over 250 people because of this pandemic. “

Ontario’s attraction agencies and convention centres responded to the recommendation and will be taking appropriate measures for their unique properties. This includes:

  • Ontario Science Centre; closed until April 6
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Art Gallery of Ontario: closing its door for three weeks starting Friday, March 13
  • Ottawa Convention Centre (Shaw Centre)
  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Science North
  • Niagara Parks Commission
  • St. Lawrence Parks Commission
  • McMichael Canadian Art Gallery
  • Royal Botanical Gardens: closed until at least April 6
  • Ontario Place Corporation
  • Ontario Heritage Trust
  • The CN Tower said they will close after the end of day Friday and will not reopen until April 14.
  • Ontario Place Cinesphere closed with no reopening date provided.
  • Recreation and community centres and arenas closed until at least April 5

In light of Friday’s announcement from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, sports institutions, art and music facilities, and other big public events were either cancelled or postponed:

  • The big four professional sports leagues — NBA, NHL, MLS, MLB — announced they are suspending their leagues due to the outbreak.
  • The Ontario Hockey League cancelled its 2020 OHL Cup
  • Canadian Screen Week announced the cancellation of its activities, including the broadcast gala set for March 29 in Toronto.
  • The Home Show announced on Thursday it is cancelling its event that was meant to begin Friday at the Enercare Centre
  • Canada Blooms announced Thursday its event was cancelled, which was also at the Enercare Centre.
  • The popular One of a Kind — The Spring show in Toronto was postponed from the end of March to June 18-21.Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade that was set to take place on March 15 has been called.
  • The Toronto Symphony Orchestra said it has cancelled all remaining concerts in March.
  • Toronto Comicon was cancelled.
  • The Hockey Hall of Fame will be closed through to April 6.
  • The Collision Tech Conference which was meant to take place in Toronto moved the entire event to online-only.
  • The Ontario superior court has suspended juries for upcoming trials
  • Shopify’s Unite conference in Toronto was cancelled.
  • Ski Hills are closed until at least April 5
  • Toronto city council and committee meetings are suspended
  • Hot Docs Film Festival announced it will postpone its event which was set to take place April 30 to May 10.
  • Aga Khan Museum will be closed until April 7
  • The Toronto Zoo will be closed until April 5
  • Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls is closed until April 2
  • All Apple Stores are closed until March 27
  • All Mirvish theatres are closed for the first time in history until April 2.

By: Marites de Jesus, FWH