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Ontario Temporarily Moving to Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen 

Read Summary of Measures in Modified Step Two

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY:  Below are the public health and workplace safety measures that must be in place for specific sectors and settings in Step 2, under O. Reg. 263/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STEP 2

- Note local health units have the authority to establish their own rules, please refer to your local health unit here.

NEWS & UPDATES:

January 7, 2021: Ontario Providing Supports for Small Businesses, Workers and Families

January 2, 2021: Ontario Increasing Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

December 16, 2021: Ontario Cutting Wholesale Alcohol Prices to Support Restaurants and Bars

December 8, 2021: Ontario Extending COVID-19 Paid Sick Days

November 4, 2021: Ontario Releases the 2021 Fall Economic Statement

November 2, 2021: Ontario announces bill to raise minimum wage rates on January 1, 2022

October 19, 2021: LCBO Supply Chain Update: Monitoring global trends & inventory considerations

October 13, 2021: Ontario Tourism Recovery Program (OTRP) is open for applications

REOPENING THE PROVINCE:

January 4, 2022: Summary of Measures in Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen 

January 3, 2022: Ontario Temporarily Moving to Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen

December 30, 2021: Ontario Updating Public Health Measures and Guidance in Response to Omicron

December 21, 2021: Capacity Limit Changes to Ontario Regulation 364/20: Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Step

December 17, 2021:  Ontario introducing capacity limits and additional protective measures 

December 8,, 2021: Ontario Extending Pause on Lifting Capacity Limits in Remaining Settings Where Proof of Vaccination is Required

November 10, 2021: Ontario Pausing the Lifting of Capacity Limits in Remaining Settings Where Proof of Vaccination is Required

November 2, 2021: Updates to O. Reg. 364/20: Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Step

October 22, 2021: Ontario Releases Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario

October 8, 2021: Ontario Cautiously Lifting Capacity Limits in Select Settings

October 7, 2021: Ontario Supporting People and Businesses

October 6, 2021: Ontario Providing Financial Relief to Employers

September 27, 2021: Ontario Investing $100 Million to Help Tourism Sector Rebound From COVID-19

September 27, 2021: Ontario Adding New Resources To Protect Workers

September 24, 2021: Ontario Cautiously Easing Capacity Limits in Select Settings Where Proof of Vaccination is Required

September 21, 2021: Proof of Vaccination Poster Now Available

September 17, 2021: Ontario Announces the Extension of the COVID-19 Period to January 1, 2022

September 14, 2021:  ​Ontario Releasing Guidance to Support Proof of Vaccination Policy

September 14, 2021: PDF attachment: Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act

September 14, 2021: PDF attachment: Questions & Answers to help clarify requirements for Proof of Vaccination

September 14, 2021: Using your Vaccination Receipt: Frequently Asked Questions

September 1, 2021: Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings

July 9, 2021: Ontario Moving to Step Three of Roadmap to Reopen on July 16

June 24, 2021: Ontario Moving to Step Two of Roadmap to Reopen on June 30

June 7, 2021: Ontario to Move to Step One of Roadmap to Reopen on June 11

May 20, 2021: Ontario Releases Three-Step Roadmap to Safely Reopen the Province

COVID-19: PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

For Government support for businesses and workers such as grants, loans, credits and other government programs please visit our COVID-19 Government Support for Businesses page here.

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY:  Below are the public health and workplace safety measures that must be in place for specific sectors and settings in Step 2, under O. Reg. 263/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STEP 2

Hotels, motels, lodges, resorts and other shared rental accommodation

Open with restrictions:

Any indoor pools, communal steam rooms, saunas or indoor whirlpools, indoor fitness centres, or other indoor recreational facilities that are part of the operation of these businesses, are closed.

Work from home

  • Requiring businesses and organizations to ensure employees work remotely unless the nature of their work requires them to be on-site.

Meeting or event spaces, conference centres, convention centres

  • indoor areas closed with exceptions, such as child care, court and government services, social services, health services, collective bargaining and mental health/addiction services up to 10 people, in-person exams for limited fields/occupations up to 50 people
  • outdoor areas open with restrictions including, but not limited to:
    • no more than 10 people per table
    • patrons must remain seated
    • no dancing or singing
    • active screening
    • limited hours for the sale, service and consumption of liquor

Restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments

  • indoor service closed
  • take out, drive through and delivery allowed
  • outdoor areas open with restrictions including, but not limited to:
    • no more than 10 people per table
    • patrons must remain seated
    • no dancing or singing
    • active screening
    • limited hours for the sale, service and consumption of liquor

Liquor sales and service are permitted under the following conditions:

  • sale of alcohol must end at 10 p.m. and no consumption of alcohol on-premise in businesses or settings after 11 p.m., with the exception of delivery and takeout services, grocery and convenience stores and other liquor retail stores

Weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies

  • indoor services are limited to 50 per cent the capacity of the room
  • outdoor services are limited to the number of people who can maintain two metres distance
  • drive-in (motor vehicle) services permitted
  • social gatherings associated with these services must adhere to the social gathering limits

Events and gatherings

  • indoor gatherings limited to five people or fewer
  • outdoor gatherings limited to 10 people or fewer

MINISTRY OF HERITAGE, SPORT, TOURISM AND CULTURE INDUSTRIES:

September 27, 2021: Ontario Investing $100 Million to Help Tourism Sector Rebound From COVID-19

August 4, 2021: Ontario Makes Historic Investment in Safe, Innovative Festivals and Events

July 7, 2021: Ontario Investing in Toronto’s Tourism Sector

June 23, 2021: Ontario Releases Tourism Economic Recovery Report

June 14, 2021: Ontario Releases Plan for Safe Return to Sport

VACCINES AND RAPID TESTING UPDATES:

December 15, 2021: All Ontarians 18+ Eligible for COVID-19 Booster Appointments at Three-Month Interval

October 15, 2021: Enhanced COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate with QR Code and Verify Ontario App Available for Download Starting October 15

June 11, 2021: Ontario Further Accelerates Second Doses in Delta Hot Spots

May 17, 2021: COVID-19 Vaccine Booking Expanding to Ontarians 18+ Ahead of Schedule

April 12, 2021: Hotel Industry Associations request COVID-19 Vaccinations for Hotel Employees

April 7, 2021: Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order effective April 8, 2021

April 6, 2021: Ontario Moving to Phase Two of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

Archived News: COVID-19 Provincial Government