Stores — Gatherings – Municipal buildings and more

The Provincewide Shutdown is in place for a limited time in order to stop the trend of high COVID-19 transmission in communities, preserve health system capacity, safeguard vulnerable populations and those who care for them, and save lives. Further details on the recently released Provincewide Shutdown document can be found here. “We support the Government of Ontario’s decision to move everyone into a Provincewide Shutdown so that we can break this chain of transmission that is causing case counts to climb progressively and in turn putting pressure on so many hospitals including Northumberland Hills Hospital and the Campbellford Memorial Hospital,” said Mayor John Henderson for the Town of Cobourg. “The holidays are fast approaching and what we need to do now is further reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by exclusively remaining within our immediate households.” 

As part of the decision, elementary-age school children will not be returning to classes as scheduled after the holidays but would spend the first week of school in the New Year at home doing virtual learning and then return to in-person learning on January 11, 2021. In-class learning in high schools will remain closed for the entire 28-day period, though virtual learning would occur and will then return to in-person learning on January 25, 2021. 

 Effective Saturday, December 26, 2020 (Boxing Day) at 12:01 a.m. EST the following changes will be made in adherence to the Provincewide Shutdown: 

Made in adherence to the Provincewide Shutdown: Town of Cobourg Provincewide Shutdown Sector Changes 



Framework Direction 

Organized public events, social gatherings and wedding, funeral and religious services, rites and ceremonies 

Public Events and Social Gatherings 

– No indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household. 

– Outdoor gatherings limited to 10 people. 

Weddings and Funerals 

Limited to 10 people indoors and 10 people outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained. 

Religious Services, Rites and Ceremonies 

Virtual and drive-in events and religious services, rites or ceremonies permitted. 


Restaurants, bars and food and drink establishments. 

– No indoor and outdoor service. 

– Take out, drive through and delivery 

Sports & Recreational Facilities 

Cobourg Community Centre 


Rotary Harbourfront Outdoor Rink 

– Will remain open until further notice. 

– Restrictions in place. 

YMCA Northumberland 

Open for daycare services only. 

Meeting & Event Spaces 



Supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, other retailers selling groceries, beer and wine and liquor stores, pharmacies. 

Prohibiting in-person shopping in most retail settings – curbside pickup and delivery can continue. Discount and big box retailers selling groceries will be limited to 25 per cent capacity for in-store shopping. 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. 

Personal Care Services 

Spas, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and tattoo parlours. 


Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments 

Hometown Bingo, Cobourg 


Cinemas and Performing Arts Facilities 

Rainbow Cinemas, Northumberland Mall, Firehall Theatre, Concert Hall at Victoria Hall 


Boarding Kennels and Stables 

Open for animal’s owner, or their representative, to visit the animal, assist in the care or feeding of the animal or, as applicable, ride the animal. 


Curb-side pick-up or delivery only. 

Hotels and Motels 

Open except for any pools, fitness centres, meeting rooms and other recreational facilities. 


Cobourg Public Library 

– Open for curbside, delivery and pick-up. 

– Open for contactless drop-off and pick-up. 

– No classes 

Animal Services 

Veterinary services, farms, boarding kennels, stables and animal shelters. 

Pet services, including grooming, sitting, walking and training. 

Open. Open. 

Government Services 

All municipal buildings will remain closed to the public. 

In-person appointments can still be made. 

Museums and Other Cultural Amenities 

Art Gallery of Northumberland 

Closed (indoors) to the public 

The Reopening Ontario Act will continue to be enforced by the Town of Cobourg’s Municipal Bylaw Enforcement and the Cobourg Police Service. As the Town enters the Provincewide Shutdown, the Town will be responding to complaints and proactively enforcing throughout the community. 

To learn more about the public health levels within the framework and potential program and service changes for the Town of Cobourg please visit the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework document and the Town’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage 

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