News Ontario goes into lockdown Dec. 26; two weeks in north, four weeks in south SHARE ON: Bob McIntyre, staff Monday, Dec. 21st, 2020 (pexels.com) Reported by Wendy Gray A province-wide COVID-19 lockdown will go into effect in Ontario as of Boxing Day. The lockdown, forcing all non-essential businesses to close and banning indoor dining, will go into effect as of 12:01 a.m. December 26th across the province. The lockdown will stay in effect until January 9th, 2021 in northern Ontario public health units. For all public health units in Southern Ontario, restrictions will stay in place until January 23rd. It was originally expected that the lockdown would start on December 24th but cabinet pushed it back two days on Monday. All publicly-funded schools in northern public health regions are allowed to resume in-person learning on January 11th. Elementary schools in southern Ontario can also resume in-person learning on January 11th. However, secondary school students in southern Ontario won’t be allowed to return to the classroom until January 25th, as it is planned right now. Child care centres will stay open for the duration of the lockdown. People are also being asked not to leave home unless it is for an essential reason and only travel outside their own region if absolutely necessary. Anyone who travels within Canada during the province-wide shutdown is being asked to self-isolate upon their return to Ontario.