Last updated: January 5, 2022 at 12:10 p.m.
COVID-19 guidelines continue, including vaccination requirements and wearing masks or face coverings. The City’s mask bylaws also remain in effect. Stay informed about COVID-19 and changes to City services.
This guide is not legal advice. It is only a summary of some of the relevant provisions of the modified Step Two regulation now in force under the Reopening Ontario Act as a result of the Province’s COVID-19 Public Health Measures and Advice. To ensure compliance with all applicable provincial regulations, individuals and businesses should consult the Reopening Ontario Act and applicable Regulations and/or seek legal advice.
Provincial regulations require that patrons in certain indoor settings provide personal identification and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before being admitted. Learn more about showing your proof of vaccination, getting a vaccination certificate and accessing City facilities requiring proof of vaccination. The Step Two Regulation provides more details and a full list of businesses and organizations that are required to ask for vaccination status.
|Step Two – Roadmap to Reopen|
|Indoor Gatherings and Public Events||Indoor social gatherings and organized public events of up to 5 people from different households are permitted. Face coverings or masks and physical distancing are required for indoor public events.|
|Outdoor Gatherings and Public Events||Outdoor social gatherings of up to 10 people from different households are permitted. There is no capacity limit for outdoor organized public events, but face coverings or masks are required.|
|Travel to other Regions||Travel between regions is permitted. Avoid travel between regions of high case counts and regions with low or no cases. Always follow public health guidelines, including wearing a mask and physical distancing, when travelling. Do not travel if you feel sick.|
|Religious Services: Weddings & Funerals||
Indoor religious services, rites and ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, are permitted with capacity limited to 50 per cent of the particular room and subject to public health guidance on physical distancing. Capacity for outdoor services, rites and ceremonies is limited to the number required to maintain physical distancing of two metres.
Social gatherings associated with or following any religious service, rite or ceremony are limited to 5 people from different households if indoors or 10 people from different households if outdoors.
Proof of vaccination is subject to applicable requirements, if any, for the venue (where available for use under provincial regulations).
|Event Space Rentals, including Conference Centres & Banquet Halls||
Indoor facilities are closed, subject to certain exceptions (e.g. child care, social services, government and health sector operations).
Outdoor facilities are open with capacity posted. Capacity must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the rentable meeting or event space, and in any event must not exceed 50 per cent capacity.
Additional restrictions, where applicable:
Proof of vaccination is required for outdoor meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres where the usual maximum capacity is 20,000 people or more, subject to the exceptions as provided (e.g. day camps, child care, government services). The Province of Ontario has classified the Rogers Centre as an indoor venue (for purposes of the regulations), regardless of whether the dome is open or closed.
All indoor retail areas are subject to a capacity limit of the lesser of 50 per cent and the limit required to maintain a physical distance of two metres. Masks or face coverings are required indoors and active screening is required for access to indoor malls.
All stores in shopping malls can open. Mall capacity is limited to 50 per cent of the total capacity of the individual stores and businesses in the mall. Seating in food courts shall be closed and food courts are subject to the requirements for food and drink establishments outlined below (i.e. no indoor dining).
Indoor dining is not permitted. Restaurants are open only for outdoor dining, take-out, drive-through and delivery, including alcohol.
There are no capacity restrictions for outdoor dining. Restaurants and bars must screen patrons and record patron contact information. All patrons must provide contact information in the event contact tracing is needed.
Food or drink establishments with dance facilities (bars, clubs, etc.) may operate solely as food and drink establishments (i.e. restaurants) under the same conditions. Indoor or outdoor dancing is not permitted.
Masks or face coverings must be worn in indoor premises of food and drink establishments.
Additional restrictions where food and drink are served:
|Personal Care Services||
Personal care services, for services which do not require patrons to remove their face mask or covering, are permitted to operate by appointment subject to screening of patrons and a capacity limit of 50 per cent.
People providing services must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
|Adult Entertainment Establishments (Strip Clubs, Bathhouses, Sex Clubs)||
Strip clubs are permitted to open solely as food and drink establishments, subject to the same conditions of operation (i.e. no indoor dining). Bathhouses and sex clubs are closed.
Where permitted, operation is subject to screening of patrons and a capacity limit that allows for physical distancing. Patrons must wear masks or face coverings while indoors.
Singing (e.g. karaoke) or dancing by patrons is prohibited. Requirements for food and drink establishments (see Restaurants) will also apply, where applicable.
People providing services must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities are closed, with limited exceptions (such as use by professional and high-performing athletes, or access to physical therapy for individuals with a disability as defined by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act). No indoor sports or indoor recreational classes are permitted at any indoor sport and recreational facilities.
Capacity for all indoor areas is limited to 50 per cent. Masks or face coverings must continue to be worn indoors.
Facilities for outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities may open, subject to conditions.
Spectators are not permitted in indoor facilities. Outdoor spectator seating areas are subject to a capacity restriction of 50 per cent of the area (or area’s usual seating capacity), and other restrictions – i.e. recording contact information, screening and masks or face coverings.
Proof of vaccination is:
Indoor recreational amenities are closed.
Outdoor recreation amenities may open, provided that clubhouses are open only for limited purposes, including access to a change room, shower room or washroom, equipment storage, or first aid. Steam rooms and saunas are closed.
Libraries are open subject to a capacity limit of 50 per cent, subject to certain exceptions (child care, social services, mental health support services).
Masks or face coverings must be worn indoors.
|Museums, Zoos, Attractions||
Indoor museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and other attractions are closed.
Outdoor and drive-through attractions may open, subject to conditions.
Capacity is limited to 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity for the outdoor event or activity, subject to other restrictions.
Reservations are required for a seated event or activity at the attraction. If a concert, event, performance or movie is held at the attraction, the conditions for concert venues, theatres and cinemas apply with respect to the concert, event, performance or movie.
Indoor amusement parks and waterparks are closed.
Casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments are closed.
Indoor horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues are closed. Outdoor venues of this type are limited to 25 per cent capacity.
Food and drink may only be sold to patrons in restaurants, bars or other food or drink establishments located within the facility operating in accordance with the requirements for food and drink establishments (i.e. no indoor dining).
|Concert Venues, Theatres, Cinemas, Film & TV Productions with Studio Audiences||
Indoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas are closed, except for the rehearsal and performance of a recorded or broadcast performance. Spectators are not permitted. Physical distancing and recording of contact information are required.
Outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open subject to conditions. Spectators must remain seated and capacity is limited to 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity for the concert, event, performance or movie.
Studio audiences are not permitted for film and television production.
Proof of vaccination is required for patrons seeking access to outdoor areas of concert venues, theatres, and cinemas with outdoor areas that have a usual capacity of 20,000 people or more.