What’s open and closed Civic Holiday Monday in Oshawa, Ajax and Whitby

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Published July 27, 2021 at 7:56 pm


This year, the Civic Holiday falls on Monday, August 2, 2021, in Durham Region.

Most retail will be open on Monday, which is a government holiday but not a statutory holiday, but some businesses might have different rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic and strict capacity limits will be in effect at a number of public indoor spaces.

As of now, private indoor gatherings of up to 25 people are permitted in Durham Region and the rest of Ontario. Outdoor gatherings and organized public events of up to 100 people are also allowed, but some events (such as sporting events) are permitted to allow more people.

Here’s what’s open and closed:


  • Big box stores and department stores
  • Restaurants
  • Convenience stores
  • Movie theatres
  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Splash pads and outdoor recreation trails and municipal parks


  • Pickering Town Centre (11-6) and Oshawa Centre (11-7) will be open

Beer Stores: Five select Beer Stores will be open

  • 75 Kingston Road East in Ajax
  • 1355 Kingston Road East in Pickering
  • 705 Kingston Road East in Pickering
  • 195 King Street East in Bowmanville
  • 220 Ritson Road North in Oshawa will remain open.

Some LCBOs will be open at reduced hours (11-6) and customers are encouraged to check the store locator feature for their local store hours on lcbo.com or the mobile app.


  • Government offices
  • Post Offices
  • Schools
  • Most banks will be closed.
  • Garbage and recycling schedules will be backed up one day
  • Durham Transit and GO Transit will operate on a holiday/weekend schedule
  • libraries and community centres

Most retail will operate as normal on Sunday, August 1.

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