Last updated: September 27, 2021 at 9:45 a.m.

Toronto is in Step Three of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen. Effective September 25 at 12:01 a.m., capacity limits have increased in many indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required as well as in certain outdoor event venues. 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.

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 Provincial website provides more details and a full list of businesses and organizations that are required to ask for vaccination status.

Dos & Don’ts

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

Retail

Capacity: All indoor and outdoor retail is permitted with capacity limited to the number of people that can physically distancing by 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 a physical distance 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 persons.

Provincial Proof of Vaccination: Required for patrons seeking access to indoor areas of food or drink establishments with or without dance facilities.

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.

Persons providing the 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.

Persons 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% 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% of seating area or 1000 persons, whichever is less
  • Outdoor: 75% of seating area or 15,000 persons, whichever is less

No designated seating area:

  • Indoor: 50% of capacity of facility based on distancing or 1000 persons, whichever is less
  • Outdoor: 75% of facility  or 5,000 persons (whichever is less)

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

Provincial Proof of Vaccination: 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% of the seating area or 1000 persons (whichever is less), and outdoor capacity is 75% or 15,000 (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 and cinemas

Capacity: Indoor performing arts venues and cinemas are permitted to open by reservation to a maximum capacity of 50 per cent or 1,000 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 5,000 people (whichever is less) subject to other restrictions, including masks or face coverings.

For events with fixed seating, audiences are permitted at a maximum capacity of 75 per cent of the seating area or 15,000 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.

 

This guide provides information on some of what is required in the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen. This is not legal advice, but violations of some of these directions are offences under provincial regulations and/or City bylaws. To ensure legal compliance with all applicable provincial regulations, individuals and businesses should consult the provincial legislation and get legal advice.