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ONTARIO REMAINS IN STEP THREE OF THE ROADMAP TO REOPEN

In response to evolving data around the Delta variant and based on the recent experiences of other jurisdictions, the government, in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, paused the full exit from the Roadmap to Reopen.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts will continue to monitor the data to determine when it is safe to exit the Roadmap and lift the majority of public health and workplace safety measures currently in place.

In Step Three of the roadmap, we must all continue to follow the public health measures, advice and restrictions.

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

NEWS & UPDATES:

REOPENING THE PROVINCE:

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 3, under O. Reg. 364/20.

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

Open with restrictions:


Any indoor fitness centres or other indoor recreational facilities must comply with conditions for Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities listed below.

  • outdoor recreational amenities must:
    • limit the capacity of any indoor clubhouse to permit two metres physical distancing up to 50%
    • post maximum capacity

Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities conditions:

  • indoor capacity for the facility limited to 50% with limited exemptions (such as for day and overnight camps, child care)
  • every person must maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from every other person. There is no specific limit on the number of people in:
    • an indoor fitness or exercise class
    • the area of the gym with weights and exercise equipment
  • maximum capacity must be posted
  • the person responsible for the facility must record the name and contact information of every person who enters the facility and actively screen individuals who enter the facility. The COVID-19 customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement
  • face coverings are required indoors except when engaged in an athletic or fitness activity (with some other exceptions)
  • facilities and leagues must have a safety plan with additional requirements

If there are spectators:

  • indoor capacity for spectators is 50% of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less
    • if the facility does not have a designated seating area, capacity is 50% using the calculation in the Capacity limits section or 1,000 people, whichever is less
  • outdoor capacity for spectators is 75% of the usual seating capacity or 15,000 people, whichever is less
    • if the facility does not have a designated seating area, capacity is 75% using the calculation in the Capacity limits section or 5,000 people, whichever is less
  • face coverings are required for indoor and outdoor spectators (with some exceptions)

Meeting or event spaces, conference centres, convention centres

Open with the following restrictions:

  • indoor capacity for the facility limited to permit two metres physical distancing up to 50% or 10,000 people, whichever is less, including:
    • maximum of 50% capacity for each rentable room
    • rooms must be separated by a partition with a hard, non-porous surface that can be routinely cleaned and disinfected
  • outdoor capacity for the facility limited to 75% or 15,000 people, whichever is less
  • maximum capacity must be posted
  • the person responsible for the business must record the name and contact information of every member of the public who attends a meeting or event and must actively screen individuals. The COVID-19 customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement
  • rented space must be configured so patrons at different tables are 2 metres apart or separated by a barrier
  • if covered (i.e., roof, tent, canopy, etc.), an outdoor dining area must have at least two full sides of the dining area or one full side and the roof open and unobstructed
  • certain requirements, including capacity limits, do not apply if rented for:
    • day camps and overnight camps
    • child care
    • social services
    • court services
    • government operations
    • certain professional sports leagues or associations or for certain international sport events (for example, by organizations funded by Sport Canada or recognized by the Canadian Olympic Committee or the Canadian Paralympic Committee)
  • additional restrictions apply if rented space is used for events that permit patron dancing:
    • the provisions related to food or drink establishments with dance facilities outlined in the regulation (for example, 25% capacity or 250 persons whichever is less) would apply where food or drink is sold or served while dance facilities are provided

Restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments

Restaurants, bars, food trucks, concession stands and other food or drink establishments can open for:

  • indoor and outdoor dining
  • buffets
  • take-out, drive through and delivery

This includes the sale of alcohol.

Conditions:

  • capacity must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distancing of at least 2 metres from every other person at the establishment, except for patrons sitting at the same table
  • maximum capacity must be posted
  • dining area must be configured so patrons at different tables are 2 metres apart or separated by a barrier
  • for indoor and outdoor dine-in service, the person responsible for the establishment must record the name and contact information of every patron and actively screen individuals.
    • The COVID-19 customer screening tool can be used to meet this requirement.
    • These requirements do not apply to quick service restaurants where the patron temporarily enters the area to place, pick up or pay for a takeout order.
  • if covered (i.e., roof, tent, awning, canopy, etc.), the outdoor dining area must have at least two full sides of the dining area or one full side and the roof (if retractable) open and is not substantially blocked by any walls or other impermeable physical barriers.
  • no dancing (see Nightclubs, restoclubs and other food or drink establishments with dance facilities below)
  • must have a safety plan with additional requirements

Nightclubs, restoclubs and other food or drink establishments
with dance facilities

Open with the following conditions:

  • indoor capacity limited to the lesser of:
    • the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres, up to 25%
    • 250 patrons
  • outdoor capacity limited to 75% or 5,000 people, whichever is less
  • maximum capacity must be posted
  • dining area must be configured so patrons at different tables are 2 metres apart or separated by a barrier
  • mask or face coverings required indoors and outdoors at the venue, with limited exceptions
  • if covered (i.e., roof, tent, awning, canopy, etc.), the outdoor dining area must have at least two full sides of the dining area or one full side and the roof (if retractable) open and is unobstructed
  • the person responsible for the establishment must record the name and contact information of every patron and actively screen individuals. The COVID-19 customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement
  • physical distancing required with exceptions for:
    • participating in the activities for which patrons normally frequent such an establishment
    • patrons sitting at the same table
  • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

Weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies

For weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies:

  • all people attending the gathering must comply with pubic health guidance on physical distancing
  • people must wear masks or face coverings when
    • they are in an indoor area at a business or facility that is open to the public, with limited exceptions
    • they are within 2 metres of another person who is not part of their household, with limited exceptions
  • indoor and outdoor capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres

Receptions are permitted indoors up to 25 people unless held at a meeting or event space, or a restaurant or other food or drink establishment.

Outdoor receptions permitted up to 100 people unless held at a meeting or event space or a restaurant or other food or drink establishment.

Events and gatherings

Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are permitted up to 25 people.

Outdoor organized public events and social gatherings are permitted up to 100 people with limited exceptions.

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:

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