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Provincial Guidelines for Hotels:

Refer to the Covid-19: Provincial Government page for Current Ontario restrictions and guidelines on:

  • -  Meeting & Event Facilities
  • -  Organized Public Events, Social Gatherings, Religious Services, Rites and Ceremonies
    • -  Events & Gatherings
    • -  Weddings, Funerals and other Religious Services, Rites or Ceremonies
  • -  Bars & Restaurants
  • -  Pools, Spas & Recreational Water

City of Markham Guidelines for Hotels:

Please refer to the latest Sector Specific Safety Measures Currently in Effect in York Region here.

-  Hotels and motels are permitted to operate; recreation facilities that may be part of the operations of these businesses, such as pools, fitness centres, meeting rooms and other recreational facilities must remain closed

-  Campgrounds are only available for trailers and recreational vehicles that are used by individuals in need of housing, or are permitted to be there by the terms of a full season contract; only campsites with electricity, water service and facilities for sewage disposal may be provided for use

-  All recreational facilities and shared facilities on campgrounds, other than washrooms and showers, must be closed

-  No new reservations on short-term rentals are permitted, with the exception of individuals in need of housing


 -  Indoor and outdoor dining service are prohibited

-  Takeout, drive-through and delivery are permitted, including alcohol

-  Line-ups and patrons congregating outside the establishment must be managed by the establishment; patrons must maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres and wear a mask or face covering

-  Face coverings are required when entering an establishment

-  Worker protections, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks and eye protection, are required where patrons without face coverings are within 2 metres of workers

-  Nightclubs and strip clubs are only permitted to operate as restaurant or bar (takeout, drive-through and delivery only)

-  Safety plan must be available upon request

December 18, 2020: Ontario Caps Food Delivery Fees to Protect Small Businesses Effective December 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.​

December 09, 2020: Ontario Permanently Allowing Alcohol with Food Takeout and Delivery 


-  Meeting and event spaces must remain closed, with limited exceptions including for:

-  Child care and day camps for children

-  Court services

-  Government services

-  Mental health and addiction support services (e.g. Alcoholics Anonymous) permitted with a maximum of 10 people

-  Provision of social service

-  Physical distancing rules apply

-  Name and contact information must be collected from every member of the public who attends a meeting, event or uses the space; records must be maintained for at least one month

-  Face coverings are required, except when eating or drinking

-  The venue’s safety plan must be available upon request


-  No person is permitted to use an indoor or outdoor recreational amenity that is to be closed

-  Facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities are closed except for sole use by high-performance athletes, including parasport athletes, and specified professional leagues (e.g. NHL, CFL, MLS, NBA)

-  Community centres, libraries and multi-purpose recreation facilities are permitted to open for specified purposes under Ontario Regulation 82/20, including child care services, day camps and social services

-  Libraries are permitted to be open for curbside pick-up or delivery; patrons must only be permitted to enter libraries to facilitate contactless drop-off and pick-up or to access computers, photocopiers or similar services

-  Outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields, courts, ice rinks and snow trails are permitted to open with restrictions, including no team sports; capacity limits and distancing measures must be followed

-  Ski hills are closed

-  Marinas and boating clubs, including the establishments’ clubhouses, restaurants, pools, meeting rooms, fitness centres or other recreational facilities on the premises are closed, with limited exceptions

-  Golf courses and driving ranges are permitted to be open outdoors only; indoor access is closed

-  Indoor shooting ranges are closed

-  Name and contact information must be collected from patrons; records must be maintained for at least one month

-  Face coverings are required, except when exercising

-  Safety plan must be available upon request


For Government support such as grants, loans, credits and other government programs please visit our Government Support for Businesses page here.

March 27, 2020: Extended relief for Markham residents and businesses until December 31, 2020. Includes no late payment (penalty and interest) charges for non-residential property taxpayers, deferral of stormwater fee, elimination water rate increase of 7.8%, suspension of the Municipal Accommodation Tax from April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, to provide relief to hoteliers.


February 19, 2021: Stay-at-Home Order Extended in Toronto and Peel Public Health Regions Along with North Bay-Parry Sound (York Region to Return to Strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework)

January 13, 2021: PSA: Government of Ontario declares State of Emergency to Combat COVID-19 & Save Lives

January 12, 2021:  Enhanced Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in Provincewide Shutdown

January 12, 2021: Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency Effective Immediately to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives

December 21, 2020: Ontario Announces Provincewide Shutdown to Stop Spread of COVID-19. Effective as of Saturday, December 26, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.

Provincewide Shutdown PDFThe information contained in this document is intended to communicate a summary of information about measures proposed to come into effect in Ontario or in areas of Ontario at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, December 26.

Every measure possible: Statements from Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti

July 10, 2020: The Regional Municipality of York has endorsed a recommendation from York Region Medical Officer to issue an instruction requiring operators of enclosed public spaces to have a policy in place that prohibits persons from entering premises of the establishment if the person is not wearing a face mask or covering, subject to appropriate exemptions effective July 17. Read more about how this impacts your business here


York Region COVID-19 Website

Covid Alert App: Helping Ontario businesses and organizations to show their Ontario spirit and get the word out about COVID Alert

COVID-19 Resources for the York Region Business Community

COVID-19 & Reopening York Region: Public Health Resources and Guidance for Businesses

Archived News: COVID-19: City of Markham News & Updates