As part of the City’s COVID-19 response, as of January 5, 2022, all indoor registered and drop-in programs are cancelled. Refunds will be issued.

Outdoor ice rinks are open. Outdoor registered and drop-in skating programs are ongoing. Change rooms at outdoor rinks are closed. Washrooms and showers are available at select recreation centres.

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We’ve made changes to how we deliver recreation programming to help keep you safe. Visit Information for Being in Public Places to learn more about safety measures for other City services.

General Information

Health Checks

During every visit, everyone (including staff, participants and other facility users and visitors) must sign in. This includes:

  • completing a health screening
  • providing names and contact information to help with Toronto Public Health contact tracing

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes ahead of their program start time to allow for health screening.

Staff are required to perform a daily health screening before being permitted to start work.


  • Signage has been installed to remind participants and staff of respiratory etiquette, hand hygiene, mask or face covering requirements and how to physical distance to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Some programs will have traffic flow signs to aid participants in entering and exiting the program area

Masks and Barriers

  • Wearing non-medical (cloth) masks or face coverings can be an added public health measure for containing the spread of COVID-19 when it is used in combination with frequent handwashing, physical distancing and staying home when sick.
  • Facility users are required to wear a mask/face covering at all times while indoors.  Individuals may temporarily remove their mask where necessary while actively engaging in an athletic or fitness activity.
  • Children two years of age and under are exempt from wearing a mask or face covering.
  • Plexiglas barriers have been installed at customer service desks.
  • Staff will wear medical masks in the performance of their duties and will follow the enhanced public health measures related to their program area.

Physical Distancing

  • Where proof of vaccination is required physical distancing is encouraged where possible
  • For programs and services where proof of vaccination is not required, individuals are required to maintain a physical distance of two metres from members that are not part of their household – even when wearing a mask.
  • Where applicable indoor gathering limits are in place and will be monitored and enforced by staff.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting will take place at all community centres.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for participants and staff.

General Program Adjustments

  • In order to maintain physical distancing and ensure health guidelines are followed, all programs for children three and under require a caregiver.
  • Program schedules have been modified to allow for cleaning and disinfecting and to help balance the entry and exit of participants.
  • Participants are encouraged to arrive ready for activities.
  • Participants are asked to leave the facility immediately after their program has ended.

Skate Programs

For all skating programs, including Leisure Skate:

  • Outdoor rinks have no capacity limit.
  • Proof of vaccination is not needed for outdoor rinks.
  • Masks are required at all times while indoors.
  • Masks are not required at outdoor rinks. Masks are encouraged if you cannot maintain two metres physical distance.
  • Change rooms and washrooms are open at rinks that have them, at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Lockers and skate rentals are open at rinks that offer them.
  • Equipment, like hockey nets and skate aids, will be available for use at select rinks.

Find out more about Skating and Winter Sports. Skating – General Information has details on helmets, strollers on the ice, sledges, accessibility and other safety information.

There are no additional restrictions for Instructional Skate Programs or Hockey/Shinny Programs during COVID-19.