Ontario closes all major attractions due to coronavirus

Mar 14 2020, 7:48 am

The Province of Ontario is closing its attractions and convention centres due to COVID-19.

In a statement issued Friday, the The Ontario government said that its 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,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, in their statement.

Ontario’s attraction agencies and convention centres will be closing as response to the recommendation.

The properties include:

  • Ontario Science Centre
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • 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
  • Ontario Place Corporation
  • Ontario Heritage Trust

“Each agency will provide updates on how they plan to respond to this new development. The Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries will continue to provide updates to the sector and the public as the situation evolves,” said the province.

On Friday, Metrolinx also said it would have “selective reduction” in GO Transit and UP Express services starting next week.

The transit agency announced that new changes will take place starting on March 18 “to align service with demand.”

The selective reduction will affect GO train and buses and UP Express, which is also in “continued support of provincial action and to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.”