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COVID 19 Restriction updates


As regions across Canada experience different levels of impact during the "Third Wave" and as the vaccine roll out progresses at different rates, many regions have made alterations to the COVID levels and restrictions. Here is a round up of the most significant changes that impact dealerships.


Ontario- EFFECTIVE APRIL 8, 2021 Ontario is under a Stay At Home Order and Provincial Emergency. Inspections and enforcement are being increased.


For dealerships this means that retail sales (Showroom floor) are only permitted by appointment and are subject to a 25% capacity limit. The additional restricted allowable hours are from 7 am to 8 pm with the delivery of goods permitted between 6 am and 9 pm.


Additionally, all residents are required to stay home unless it is for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise , or for work that cannot be done remotely. Therefore all staff that can work remotely or partially remote are required to do so.


Alberta- EFFECTIVE April 6, 2021 additional retail restrictions apply.


Retail services and shopping malls must limit customer capacity to 15% of fire code occupancy (not including staff) or a minimum of 5 customers. This includes individual stores and common areas (see calculating occupancy limits).


BC- Employers must make every effort to provide work from home options. Retail businesses are required to:

  • Establish capacity limits based on 5 square meters of unencumbered space per person

  • Post occupancy limits

  • Where practical, post directional signs to keep people moving in the same direction and not congregating

Saskatchewan- The provincial public health orders announced Tuesday, March 9 and the Regina and area revisions announced Tuesday, March 24 are in effect until April 12, 2021 and will be reviewed at that time. Due to increased COVID-19 transmission risk in Regina and area, revisions made March 24 include: restricting private indoor gatherings to immediate household members only; all restaurants and licensed establishments must close for in-person dining; and most event venues supporting 30 persons or less are not permitted to operate.

Travel is also not recommended in or out of the Regina area unless absolutely necessary. It is strongly recommended that all individuals in the Regina area able to work from home do so.


Manitoba- All current measures remain in effect until April 16th, 2021. Retail stores may open with capacity limits of up to 50 per cent or 500 people, whichever is lower, with other public health measures still in effect.

Quebec- Ongoing monitoring and increased community restrictions in red and orange zones continue. Red and Orange zones continue to expand, please be aware of the zone designation in your area.

Nova Scotia- Retail stores can operate at 100% capacity if they follow the Health Protection Act Order, including:

  • maintaining a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) between patrons

  • keeping music to 50 decibels

  • only allowing lineups (indoor and outdoor) if patrons wear a non-medical mask

NFLD/Labrador - The province remains at alert level 2.


Prince Edward Island- Post circuit breaker measures remain in effect. Retail stores may operate provided physical distancing and other public health measures are maintained.


New Brunswick- Mandatory orders remain in effect.


Yukon- Orders and directions remain in effect. People who can work from home are requested to do so. Employers are asked to look for ways to support employees to work from home where possible.


If there are changes in your province that you require assistance with, please contact us at info@dealerpilothr.com to find out how we can assist your dealership.

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