What’s open and closed in St. Catharines and Niagara Region on Canada Day

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Published June 28, 2021 at 7:36 pm

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This year, Canada Day falls on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

This Canada Day, some things that are typically open might be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and there will be no major public events due to physical distancing restrictions and bans on large gatherings.

Residents can purchase fireworks for private celebrations, but should note that outdoor gatherings of more than 25 people and indoor gatherings of more than five people will not be permitted by the Province of Ontario on Canada Day.

Residents should also note that indoor dining is still not permitted and restaurants are limited to takeout, delivery and patio dining only.

Ontario entered Step Two of the Province’s reopening framework on June 30.

Here’s what is open and closed this Canada Day:


Open:

  • Fairview Mall in St Catharines will be open
  • The Smart Centre and Canada One (10 am to 6 pm) in Niagara Falls will be open
  • The Outlet Collection (11 am to 7 pm) in Niagara-on-the-Lake will be open
  • Any restaurants attached to malls will still be allowed outdoor patio dining
  • Some smaller grocery stores, such as Rabba grocery stores
  • All essential services and retail outlets will be able to boost their capacity to 50 per cent while non-essential retail services, such as hairstylists, can reopen at 25 per cent. However, it’s best to call first to see if they have Canada Day hours.
  • Shopper’s Drug Mart stores will be open as will convenience stores and gas stations.
  • Craft breweries within the region are expected to be open for both retail and patio seating. Within the region, there are several craft breweries, including Bench Brewing in Beamsville, Lock Street Brewing and Decew Falls Brewing, both in St Catharines, Niagara Brewing and Counterpart Brewing, both in Niagara Falls, Niagara Oast House Brewery and The Exchange Brewery, both in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Silversmith Brewing in Virgil. However, it is best to call your local brewery ahead of time to see if they’re open.
  • Most area wineries are expected to be open, but call ahead to be sure

What’s Closed

  • The Pen Centre in St. Catharines
  • Niagara Falls tourist attractions such Bird Kingdom, The Fun House, Niagara City Cruises, Clifton Hill Entertainment, Niagara Falls Fun Zone and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! have been closed due to COVID-19 restrictions and will remain closed on Canada Day
  • Non-emergency municipal services, including all town and city halls
  • Federal and provincial government offices
  • Canada Post (no mail pickup or delivery)
  • Most major grocery stores, including Walmart’s, will be closed 
  • All 13 Beer Stores and 15 LCBOs in the region will be closed
  • Garbage and recycling will be collected one day later

Transit

  • Niagara Falls Public Transit and St Catharine Public Transit will both be on holiday schedules
  • The Niagara Inter-Municipal Transit Service, which operates a region-wide transit system, with stops in St. Catharines, Welland, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne, Thorold and Fort Erie, will all revert to their traditional holiday schedules.
  • GO Transit buses that run from Toronto to Niagara Falls will also be on a holiday schedule.
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