At this point, more closures shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Ontario's essential services list was revised, and one of the stores that didn't make the cut was Canadian Tire. It will now only be offering curbside pickup and delivery.
In an April 4 press release, the company stated that effective at business closing time, its stores would only be offering delivery or curbside pickup of online orders.
The announcement follows a new set of rules from the Ontario Government about how essential services can serve the public.
The Emergency Order update states that stores that sell "Hardware products, Vehicle parts and supplies, Pet and animal supplies, Office supplies and computer products including computer repair, and Safety supplies" can stay open but must provide alternative methods of sale.
The Canadian Tire release also states that all 203 of its Ontario stores will remain closed to the public for at least 14 days as per the new order.
However, Canadian Tire Auto Service Centres and Gas+ locations will continue to stay open and operate.
Stores in other provinces will still remain open to the public and operate at reduced hours.
As recently as April 2, the company had said that it would continue to keep its stores open to serve the public.
Looks like stores like Canadian Tire and Home Depot will be forced to either do curbside pickup, delivery or close.… https://t.co/CodNp8biUn— Gareth Williams (@Gareth Williams)1585938800.0
While Canadian Tire stores had stayed open, store locations for other brands owned by the company, including National Sports, Mark's, Sport Chek, and Party City, had been closed.
Ontario has taken a hard line on social distancing rules, especially in Toronto, where bylaw officers are fining people for not giving others enough space.
Premier Doug Ford also recently went after businesses who were price gouging, stating that there would be new rules put in place to prevent it.
Construction projects deemed essential will still continue in the province, although work on new residential buildings will be placed under higher scrutiny, and no new work will be started.