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The Government of Newfoundland & Labrador declared at Public Health Emergency (PHE) on March 18th, 2020. Please use page as a reference as needed. All materials are sourced and have also been linked for additional information.

Public Health Emergency - Orders
As per Gov NL a PHE has been implemented. The following orders are in place for all individuals and businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador:


1. The following businesses are ordered to close immediately:

  • Gyms and fitness facilities, including yoga studios, tennis and squash facilities;

  • dance studios;

  • cinemas;

  • performance spaces;

  • arenas;

  • personal services establishments including spas, esthetic services, hair salons, body piercing, tattooing and tanning salons;

  • retail stores, unless those stores provide services essential to the life, health or personal safety of individuals and animals including:

    • food;

    • pharmaceutical products, medicine and medical devices;

    • personal hygiene products;

    • cleaning products;

    • baby and child products;

    • gas stations;

    • computer and cellphone service and repair;

    • electronic and office supplies

    • hardware supplies; and

    • pet and animal supplies.

  • businesses that hold a license under the Liquor Control Act whose primary purpose is the consumption of beer, wine, or spirits and that do not otherwise qualify as an exception under this Order.


2. Bingo halls are ordered to close.


3. Restaurants are ordered to close for in-person dining.

4. Gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited.

5. Funerals, visitations and wakes are prohibited. Burials and weddings are limited to no more than 5 people, including the officiant.

6. Visitation to personal care homes is prohibited, unless for exceptional circumstances, including end of life.

7. Retail stores that are permitted to remain open for essential goods are to immediately stop the sale of scratch lotto tickets and break open lotto tickets in store.

8. All campsites in municipal and privately owned parks, where currently open, are to close immediately and all others are prohibited from opening.

9. All private health care clinics, except physician and nurse practitioner clinics, are ordered to close immediately. If a clinician is needed to provide urgent or emergent services, they may open only to provide these services. If clinicians can provide virtual care, they are encouraged to do so.

10. Anyone returning from outside the province is required to self-isolate for 14 days.

11. Anyone who has COVID-19 or has been exposed to a possible case is required to self-isolate for 14 days.

  • All directives in such instances will be provided from Public Health

12. Any individual who attended at Gaul’s Funeral Home, LeMarchant Road in St. John’s, for a wake, visitation or funeral on either March 15, March 16 or March 17, 2020 must stay home and self-isolate until April 1, 2020.

13. All individuals who are required to self-isolate must:

  • remain on their own property;

  • stay in their own unit where they are living in a condominium or apartment. These individuals are not permitted in the common spaces in those buildings; and

  • not go for a drive, unless it is to receive medical attention.

Public Health Emergency - Enforcement & Conviction
Failure to comply with this order may result in an application to the Supreme Court, in accordance with section 42 of the Public Health Protection and Promotion Act to enforce the relevant provisions of this Order.

Failure to comply with this order is an offence for which you may be liable on summary conviction in accordance with section 56 of the Public Health Protection and Promotion Act. Convictions may include:

  • Fines for individuals ranging from $500-$5,000 (depending on offence)

  • Imprisonment for up to 6 months

  • Fines for corporations ranging from $5,000-$100,000 (depending on offence)


The Government has also prepared a useful FAQ page that may answer some of the nuanced questions that we’ve all. I’d encourage you to read through it, as it provides answers to great questions like “My 19-year-old child is still gathering with friends and not abiding by the social distancing recommendation. What can I do?


Additional amendments may be made to the PHE to include stricter measures and orders - this page will be updated accordingly. In the meantime, we encourage you to stay updated with accurate information via the Government of NL website and Government of Canada website.

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