A 28-day province-wide shutdown in Ontario will go into effect December 26 in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. The new rules restrict indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone may consider having exclusive close contact with one other household. The province is banning 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. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take out, drive-through, and delivery only. All Ontarians are advised to stay home as much as possible with trips outside the home limited to necessities such as food, medication, medical appointments, or supporting vulnerable community members. Employers in all industries should make every effort to allow employees to work from home. The winter break will be extended for schools. Elementary school students can return to in-person learning January 11, 2021, while secondary school students will continue learning remotely until January 25, at which point they may resume in-person learning.