After last week’s Condo Christmas Carol focused on Scrooge, we may now come across as the Grinch who stole Christmas, with today’s announcement of a provincewide lockdown.

What was announced

Indeed, the province has announced today a provincewide lockdown to minimize transmission of the virus and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. The provincewide shut down will go into effect on Saturday December 26, 2020 at 12:01 am.

What does it mean?

Details are scarce as to what this lockdown will mean in practicality, but we understand it will be similar to what was put in place last March, with only essential services remaining open.

For the time being, we suspect (but do not know for sure yet) that the Lockdown restrictions applicable to grey zones are those which will be implemented on Saturday. You can consult the Lockdown restrictions and the list of essential services as they existed on November 23 in grey zones.

If our reading of the crystal ball is accurate, we expect recreational facilities, including fitness rooms and pools to be closed – but we are still waiting for the regulations to be issued before we can confirm this.

Today’s press release announced the following (most of which not being entirely relevant to condos, but that’s all we ‘ve got for now):

  • Restricting indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household (the people you live with);
  • Prohibiting in-person shopping in most retail settings – curbside pickup and delivery can continue. Supermarkets, grocery stores and similar stores that primarily sell food, as well as pharmacies, will continue to operate at 50 per cent capacity for in-store shopping;
  • Restricting indoor access to shopping malls;
  • Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take out, drive-through, and delivery only.

When?

These restrictions will be in place as of December 26, 2020. The lockdown is expected to remain in place for 28 days in Southern Ontario and 14 days in Northern Ontario, but the province will continue to monitor the situation.

You can read Ontario’s press release here.