Although effective March 18 the Minister of Health and Community Services declared COVID-19 a public health emergency under the Public Health Protection and Promotion Act, Newfoundland and Labrador has not issued a general order closing all businesses.
Pursuant to an Order enacted on March 23 (PDF), the following facilities were ordered to close: gyms and fitness facilities, including yoga studios, tennis and squash facilities; dance studios; cinemas; performance spaces; arenas; bingo halls; personal services establishments including spas, esthetic services, hair salons, body piercing, tattooing and tanning salons; retail stores, unless they provide services essential to the life, health or personal safety of individuals and animals; and businesses that hold a license under the Liquor Control Act whose primary purpose is the consumption of beer, wine or spirits.
Restaurants are permitted to offer take-out, delivery and drive-thru services. In-person dining is prohibited. Finally, gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited.