Last updated: August 4, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

Certain businesses and workplaces may reopen as long as they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read Toronto Public Health’s guidelines for different types of organizations below. Also read the Planning Guide for Reopening Toronto Businesses and Workplaces during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Risk Assessment and Mitigation Guide for Community Non-Profit Services and Programs.

 

The provincial emergency declared by the Government of Ontario on March 17, 2020 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act has ended. On July 24, 2020, the Government of Ontario passed the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. On July 16, the Government of Ontario extended most emergency orders currently in force under this declaration until July 29, 2020. The Province has also issued temporary emergency orders to support the immediate needs of hospitals and health care workers so manage critical health care human resources during COVID-19.

Ontario businesses who have questions about the emergency orders can call the Province’s toll-free line: 1-888-444-3659.

Learn about economic support and recovery for businesses.

Download printable posters and information cards for your setting to share messages about how to stay safe during COVID-19.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for employers, workplaces and businesses.

Holidays, celebrations, and faith-based observances are normally an opportunity to spend time with family, friends, and the wider community and may include hosting a big meal, visiting extended family, or attending an important faith service.

Everyone is urged to follow provincial orders related to places of worship, and follow public health recommendations for physical distancing, and to remain at home as much as possible, leaving only for essential reasons.

Spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being is important during these difficult times. Connect with loved ones, friends, and vulnerable members of the community online or by phone. Those feeling isolated or anxious are encouraged to seek mental health support.

Many places of worship are hosting services online, offering drive-in services, and implementing innovative ways to connect their communities while staying physically apart. Check the website of your place of worship for more information on services and supports they are offering.

Grocery Shopping for Occasions

Those planning to mark an occasion with a special meal for members of their household should be mindful of the current situation in the wider community and read Toronto Public Health’s general advice for grocery shopping.

Food Donations

There are also many opportunities to foster the spirit of holidays and special occasions through donations to local food banks. Residents who are able are encouraged to donate non-perishable food to food banks or drop off food donations at local fire halls.

Non-essential Travel

The Government of Canada has prohibited foreign nationals, including U.S. nationals, from entering Canada for non-essential travel, which includes holidays and celebrations. Anyone that does enter the country, including Canadians returning from travel, is required, by law, to self-isolate for 14 days regardless of whether they have symptoms of COVID-19.


Also read the tips for attending faith-based services and events.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for child care centres.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for commercial and residential buildings.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for reopening community agencies.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for community and allotment gardens.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for cooling rooms.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for correctional facilities.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for day camps.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for drive-in and drive-thru events.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for faith-based organizations.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for food premises, including farmers’ and fresh food markets, food stores, mobile food premises and restaurants.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for funeral homes and visiting cemeteries.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for harm reduction programs.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for long-term care homes.

Read Toronto Public health’s guidance for parks and recreation facilities, including golf courses and outdoor playgrounds and fitness equipment.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for personal service settings including hair salons and barber shops, nails and aesthetic services, and tattooing and body piercing.

 

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for recreational water facilities.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for retail settings and shopping malls.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for taxis and ride shares.

Read Toronto Public Health’s guidance for tour and guide services.

For information in French about COVID-19, please visit the Government of Ontario’s website and Public Health Ontario portal.