COVID-19 – New Restrictions in Some Provinces

As we enter a second wave in some areas of the country, we would like to update our members on the changes that have taken place in the last few days. The below information is the latest announcements on some of the new restrictions in certain provinces. Please take note of the measures in place for your region. For more information, we urge you to visit your provincial government website for the latest developments and visit our COVID page for added resources and links:

Nova Scotia Strengthens measures for Halifax area

Effective November 26 – The following measures will apply for two weeks in the western and central Halifax area, which the province defines as HRM from Hubbards to, and including, Porters Lake and communities up to Elmsdale and Mount Uniacke in Hants County: Retail stores must restrict shoppers and staff to 25 percent or less of allowable capacity.


Effective November 27 – Retail businesses may remain open with capacity limited to 25% of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code.


Effective November 20 – Businesses that provide essential goods or services for the health and well-being of animals, including animal food, pet food, and animal supplies such as bedding can remain open. Sections 21 to 23 of the Manitoba Public Health Orders include further details on measures related to animal care.


Effective November 23 – The Government of Ontario imposed lockdown – grey stage measures in Toronto, Peel and red zone restrictions for the York region.

  • Animal services that are permitted include:
    • Veterinary services and other businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters and research facilities
    • Businesses that provide services for the training and provision of service animals
    • Businesses that provide pet services, including pet grooming services, pet sitting services, pet walking services and pet training services
  • Retail generally permitted to be open for curbside pick-up or delivery only (in-person retail shopping not permitted).

PIJAC Canada sent an open letter regarding pets and COVID-19 precautions to Ontario Government Officials. PIJAC Canada along with CFIB continue to push the government to include pet retail stores on the list of exempted business allowed in-person shopping. For a copy of the letter, click here: