What the new province-wide shutdown means to Oakville residents
Thu, 01 Apr 2021
Today, Premier Ford announced that in response to rising COVID-19 variant infections and hospitalizations, the government is imposing an emergency brake to its COVID-19 Response Framework and is placing the entire province in shutdown beginning Saturday, April 3, 2021 for at least four weeks.
“Halton Region’s vaccination program is well-underway. However, urgent action is required to protect our health care system and save lives until the vaccination supply increases and we can get more people vaccinated. We must all follow provincial orders to stay safe and protect others. By following these measures, we can bend the curve downwards, in the direction Oakville and Ontario need to head. I am optimistic this emergency brake shutdown can have far better results than the previous extended lockdown,” said Mayor Rob Burton.
Under the shutdown order
Indoor public events and social gatherings are not allowed, except with members of your household (or one other household if you live alone)
Outside gatherings limited to a maximum of 5 people
You should only go out for necessities, such as:
- work, if you can’t do it remotely
- pharmacy or medical reasons
- helping vulnerable people
- outdoor exercise with members of your household
You should not travel outside your region or the province unless absolutely necessary.
Impact on town services
As a result of the new restrictions, town facilities are closed and some programs will be cancelled. More details will be available on our COVID-19 Information page in the coming week as they become available.
- Community centres, including fitness centres, pools and arenas (with very limited exceptions).
- All registered recreation and culture programs. Drop-in activities, memberships, and indoor rental permits are cancelled. Refunds will be automatically issued to impacted customers. Visit our Virtual Programs page for online recreation opportunities.
- Oakville Museum.
- Tennis and pickleball courts remain open for singles play only.
- Weddings, funerals and other religious ceremonies.
- physical distancing must be maintained
- guests must wear masks or face coverings
- indoor capacity restrictions: 15 per cent capacity of the room
- outside capacity restrictions: the number of people that can maintain two metres physical distance from each other outdoors to a maximum of 50
- Marriage licences and commissionings will be offered in-person by appointment only.
- Oakville Transit continues to operate at a reduced service level for essential trips only. Buses will be restricted to 50 per cent of seated capacity. Signs will be posted indicating seats not to be used.
- Oakville Public Library is open for contactless takeout and holds pickup services by appointment only, and offers many online programming options.
Many town services are offered online. Please refer to the COVID-19 Information page for updates.
For details on the Halton's vaccination program and to find out if you are eligible to book an appointment.visit Halton Region’s website.