This year, due to COVID-19, the Boxing Day shopping experience won’t exactly be what everyone is used to, but there will still be ways to enjoy it in Halton.
Fun fact: It is called “Boxing Day” because – starting in medieval Britain – servants had a day off and would receive a gift box on this day.
This year, Boxing Day falls on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. Because it falls on a weekend, some businesses and offices will treat Monday, Dec. 28 as a statutory holiday (so if you plan on going out on Dec. 28, call ahead to be sure your destination is open).
So, without further ado, here is what’s open and closed on Boxing Day in Oakville, Burlington, Milton, and Halton Hills.
- Updates to Burlington services and programs amid second COVID-19 provincial emergency
- Four arrests made in Burlington drug trafficking investigation
- New COVID-19 case reported at Shoppers Drug Mart in Burlington
- While there are certain restrictions in terms of indoor dining in Halton due to COVID-19, some restaurants will still be open for takeout and curbside pickup, but call ahead to be sure
- Most convenience stores
- Some Shoppers Drug Marts
- Some Starbucks (hours may vary at different locations)
- Most malls have closed all of their non-essential stores due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- LCBO (stores will be closed on Dec. 26 and open on Dec. 28)
- Beer Store (most stores will be closed on Dec. 26, but all will be open on Dec. 28)
- Wine Rack (stores will be closed on Dec. 26 and open on Dec. 28)
- Government offices
- Banks (Dec. 26 and 28)
- Libraries (closed on Dec. 26 and open for curbside pickup on Dec. 28)
- Community centres
- Federal government
- City Hall/Town Hall
- No mail delivery
- Garbage and recycling will be collected one day later
- Oakville Transit will operate on a Saturday schedule on Dec. 26 and will offer a modified service level from Dec 28-31
- Burlington Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule on Dec. 26 and will offer regular service on Dec. 28
- Milton Transit will not be operating on Dec. 26 but will operate on a regular schedule on Dec. 28
- GO Transit will run on a Saturday schedule on Dec. 26 and will offer its regular weekday service on Dec. 28