Last updated: October 8, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Toronto is in Step Three of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen. Effective October 9 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario is lifting certain capacity limits in select indoor and outdoor settings. The information on this page will be updated soon.

 

Step Three allows for small indoor and larger outdoor social gatherings, all retail with capacity limits, indoor and outdoor dining and limited indoor and expanded outdoor activities provided people and businesses are following public health guidance when required, including physical distancing and wearing masks or face coverings. The City’s mask bylaws remain in effect.

This guide is not legal advice. It is only a summary of some of the relevant provisions of the Step Three regulation under the Reopening Ontario Act. To ensure legal compliance with all applicable provincial regulations, individuals and businesses should consult the Reopening Ontario Act and applicable Regulations and/or seek legal advice.

Provincial Proof of Vaccination (POV): Learn more about what is needed to show your proof of vaccination, how to get a vaccination receipt and how to use some City facilities. Provincial regulations require that patrons in mainly indoor settings provide personal identification and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before being admitted. The full text of the Step Three Regulation provides more details and a full list of businesses and organizations that are required to ask for vaccination status.

Summary of Requirements

Step Three – Roadmap to Reopen
Indoor Gatherings Indoor social gatherings and organized public events of up to 25 people from different households are permitted.
Outdoor Gatherings Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events of up to 100 people from different households are permitted.
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

Capacity: Indoor and outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services with physical distancing are permitted. Social gatherings associated with or following any religious service are limited to 25 or fewer people indoors or 100 or fewer people outdoors. Masks or face coverings are required indoors.

Provincial Proof of Vaccination:

  • Not required if solely attending a funeral or wedding service, rite, or ceremony indoors (and no associated social gathering).
  • For social gatherings associated with a funeral or wedding:

1.   Funeral social gathering indoors at a place of worship or funeral home: POV not required.

2.   Funeral or Wedding social gathering indoors at a meeting or event space that is not within a place of worship or funeral home:

A) Between September 22 and October 13, 2021: POV required or patron can produce the results of an antigen test administered within the previous 48 hours establishing that the person is negative for COVID-19 to the person responsible for the establishment.

B) After October 13, 2021: POV required

Event Spaces, Conference Centres, Banquet Halls

Capacity: For an indoor portion of rentable meeting or event space, capacity is limited to the number of people who can maintain physical distancing of two metres, or 50 per cent of every room, or 10,000 people (whichever is least). For any particular room, capacity is limited to the number of people who can maintain physical distancing of two metres and may not exceed 50 per cent of the room’s capacity.

For an outdoor meeting or event space, capacity is limited to 75 per cent and may not exceed 15,000 people (unseated event) or 30,000 people (seated event).

Provincial Proof of Vaccination: Required for patrons seeking access to the indoor areas of meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres, subject to the exceptions as provided (e.g. day camps, child care, government services). Also required for outdoor meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres, where the normal maximum capacity is 20,000 people or more. Note that the provincial government has classified the Rogers Centre in Toronto as an outdoor venue, even when its dome is closed.

Retail

Capacity: All indoor and outdoor retail is permitted with capacity limited to the number of people who can maintain physical distancing of two metres. Masks or face coverings are required indoors.

All stores in shopping malls can open. Mall capacity is limited to the total capacity of individual stores and businesses in the mall.

Provincial Proof of Vaccination: Required for patrons seeking access to indoor areas of food or drink establishments, including food courts in shopping malls.

Restaurants

Take out, drive through and delivery are permitted, including alcohol.

Contact Tracing: Restaurants and bars must screen patrons for indoor access and may record patron contact information. All patrons must provide contact information in the event contract tracing is needed.

Capacity: Indoor and outdoor dining is permitted providing there is a barrier or two metre distance between tables and other necessary public health measures are in place. There are no limits to how many people can be seated at a table.

For food or drink establishments with dance facilities (bars, clubs, etc.), indoor capacity is limited to the number of people who can maintain physical distancing of two metres, with a maximum capacity of 25 per cent or 250 people (whichever is less).

Outdoor capacity is limited to 75 per cent or 5,000 people (whichever is less) and other restrictions.

Masks or face coverings: Masks or face coverings must be worn in indoor premises of food and drink establishments and indoors and outdoors for those with dance facilities, subject to exceptions for eating and drinking or where seated with household members and all are at least two metres from any other people.

Provincial Proof of Vaccination: Required for patrons seeking access to indoor areas of food or drink establishments with or without dance facilities (excluding takeout and delivery service).

Personal Care Services

Personal care services, including services that require patrons to remove their face mask or covering, are permitted to operate by appointment subject to screening of patrons and a capacity limit that allows for physical distancing.

Masks or face coverings must be worn except for any period of time that the face mask or covering must be removed for the provision of a service which requires the removal of the mask or face covering.

People providing services must wear appropriate PPE.

Entertainment Establishments

Entertainment establishments are permitted to operate subject to screening of patrons and a capacity limit that allows for physical distancing. Patrons must wear masks or face coverings while indoors and indoors and outdoors for those establishments with dance facilities.

People providing services must wear appropriate PPE.

Provincial Proof of Vaccination: Required for patrons seeking access to indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs before they can enter.

Recreation

Capacity: Indoor sport, recreation and fitness facilities are permitted to open with a total maximum capacity of 50 per cent with other restrictions. Indoor fitness classes or personal training are permitted with a maximum capacity of 50 per cent and other restrictions. Masks or face coverings must be worn indoors.

Indoor pools are open and limited to 50 per cent capacity.

Outdoor recreation is permitted.

Maximum Spectator Capacity:

In designated seating areas:

  • Indoor: 50 per cent of seating area or 10,000 people, whichever is less
  • Outdoor: 75 per cent of seating area or 30,000 people, whichever is less

No designated seating area:

  • Indoor: 50 per cent of capacity of facility based on distancing or 10,000 people, whichever is less
  • Outdoor: 75 per cent of facility or 15,000 people (whichever is less)

Subject to other restrictions—i.e. screening and masks or face coverings.

Provincial Proof of Vaccination:

  • Required in outdoor settings where the normal maximum capacity is 20,000 people or more. Note that the provincial government has classified the Rogers Centre in Toronto as an outdoor venue, even when its dome is closed.
  • Required for patrons seeking access to indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities and personal fitness training.
  • Includes gyms, fitness/sporting/recreational facilities, pools, leagues sporting events, waterparks, and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events.
  • Subject to limited exceptions, including for patrons under 18 years of age at an indoor sports and recreational fitness facility solely for the purpose of actively participating in an organized sport, in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s Guidance.
Libraries Libraries are open subject to capacity limits that permit physical distancing of two metres. Masks or face coverings must be worn indoors.
Museums, Zoos, Attractions

Museums, zoos and attractions can open for ticketed indoor and outdoor activities.

Capacity: Capacity is by reservation and limited to 50 per cent of the ticketed areas indoors and 75 per cent of the ticketed areas outdoors subject to other restrictions.

For seated areas, indoor capacity is 50 per cent of the seating area or 1,000 people (whichever is less), and outdoor capacity is 75 per cent or 15,000 people (whichever is less).

Amusement parks and waterparks care open at 50 per cent capacity based on distancing indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors. Indoor rides can operate, subject to requirement for masks indoors. Masks or face coverings must be worn indoors.

Provincial Proof of Vaccination: Required for patrons seeking access to indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments such as horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues.

Concert Venues, Theatres, Cinemas

Capacity: Indoor performing arts venues and cinemas are permitted to open by reservation to a maximum capacity for seated events of 50 per cent or 10,000 people (whichever is less) with other restrictions.

Outdoor performing arts venues and theatres are open. For unseated events, audiences are permitted at a maximum capacity of 75 per cent or 15,000 people (whichever is less) subject to other restrictions, including masks or face coverings.

For outdoor events with fixed seating, audiences are permitted at a maximum capacity of 75 per cent of the seating area or 30,000 people (whichever is less) subject to other restrictions, including masks.

Provincial Proof of Vaccination: Required for patrons seeking access to indoor areas of concert venues, theatres, and cinemas or indoor areas where film and TV productions take place with studio audiences.