Last updated: October 25, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Toronto is in Step Three of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen, subject to the provincial plan for the gradual lifting of restrictions.

 

The Province of Ontario has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term. As of October 25, the plan begins to gradually lift Step Three reopening capacity limits for certain businesses and activities. All other requirements, including wearing masks or face coverings and vaccination requirements, continue for the time being. 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 most recent changes to the Step Three regulation under the Reopening Ontario Act as a result of the Province’s Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term. 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 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

Indoor religious services, rites and ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, are permitted with physical distancing. Capacity restrictions may be removed (except where the service, rite or ceremony takes place at a private dwelling) provided proof of vaccination is required. Masks or face coverings are required indoors.

Social gatherings associated with or following any religious service are limited to 25 or fewer people indoors or 100 or fewer people outdoors subject to some exceptions.

Proof of vaccination is not required for people only attending a funeral or wedding service, rite or ceremony indoors and no associated social gathering. Proof of vaccination is required for attending social gatherings associated with a funeral or wedding. Some exceptions are attending a funeral social gathering indoors at a place of worship or funeral home and attending a funeral or wedding social gathering indoors at a meeting or event space that is not within a place of worship or funeral home.

Event Spaces, Conference Centres, Banquet Halls

There are no capacity restrictions for event spaces, conference centres and banquet halls.

Proof of vaccination is required for patrons accessing the indoor areas of meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres, subject to limited exceptions including child care and government services.

Proof of vaccination is 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.

The Province of Ontario has classified the Rogers Centre as an outdoor venue, even when its dome is closed, requiring proof of vaccination to attend events.

Retail

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.

Proof of vaccination is required for people seeking access to indoor areas of food or drink establishments, including food courts in shopping malls.

Restaurants

Indoor and outdoor dining, take out, drive through and food and alcohol delivery are permitted. There are no capacity limits for indoor and outdoor dining, with some exceptions.

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.

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 must be worn in indoor premises of food and drink establishments (and indoors and outdoors for those with dance facilities), except when eating and drinking or where seated with household members and all are at least two metres from any other people.

Proof of vaccination is required for patrons accessing 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.

Capacity limits do not apply if proof of vaccination is required by the business.

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 personal protective equipment (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 personal protective equipment (PPE).

Proof of vaccination is required for patrons seeking access to indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs before they can enter.

Recreation Facilities

There are no capacity limits for recreation facilities. Pools are open and outdoor recreation is permitted.

Spectator seating is also open providing screening of spectators is carried out and masks or face coverings are required.

Proof of vaccination is required for:

  • outdoor settings where the normal maximum capacity is 20,000 people or more, including at the Rogers Centre
  • patrons seeking access to indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities and personal fitness training
  • gyms, fitness/sporting/recreational facilities, pools, leagues sporting events, waterparks and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events
  • subject to limited exceptions, patrons under 18 years of age (under 12 years of age as of November 1, 2021 in accordance with the Toronto Medical Officer of Health’s Letter of Instruction) accessing 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.

Capacity limits for indoor clubhouses used in conjunction with outdoor recreational amenities may be removed provided proof of vaccination is required.

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 is 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). Reservations are required for a seated event or activity within the attraction or an indoor event or activity within the attraction.

Amusement parks and waterparks are 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.

Capacity restrictions may be removed provided proof of vaccination is required.

Concert Venues, Theatres, Cinemas

There are no capacity restrictions for casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments such as horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues.

Proof of vaccination is required for patrons seeking access to indoor areas.

There are no capacity restrictions, including in places where film and television production takes place. Proof of vaccination is 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.