Last updated: April 8, 2021 at 10:34 a.m.
Find out if your business is permitted to open and visit the Province of Ontario’s website to learn about public health and workplace safety measures that apply.
This page provides links to COVID-19 guidance documents that help businesses and community organizations operate safely.
In Toronto, the following directives are in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The new COVID-19 variants of concern may spread more easily. It is more important than ever to follow these public health practices.
On January 4, 2021, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health issued a Letter of Instruction to all employers in the City of Toronto permitted to be open under the Reopening Ontario Act. Employers permitted to be open are required to take the additional measures set out in this Letter to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
All business and workplace owners and operators should read the Health guidelines for businesses and workplaces.
We also recommend that all businesses and organizations read the Anti-Black Racism Analysis Tool for a Radically Equitable COVID-19 Response.
Businesses and community organizations must follow Government of Ontario and City of Toronto guidelines. Toronto Public Health’s guidance includes both provincial and City recommendations.
Search below for guidance for specific sectors
|Businesses/Organizations||Guidelines & Resources|
|Construction||There are currently no specific health guidelines for this sector. Please refer to the Health Guidelines for business and workplaces.|
|Faith-based organizations and places of worship|
|Retail, shopping malls, and fitting rooms|
|Vehicle dealerships and retailers||There are currently no specific health guidelines for this sector. Please refer to the Health Guidelines for business and workplaces.|
|Sports and recreational fitness activities and facilities||
|Professional services related to research and development||There are currently no specific health guidelines for this sector. Please refer to the Health Guidelines for business and workplaces.|
|Emissions inspection facilities|
|Animal & veterinary services (e.g. grooming, walking, and training)|
|Child Care||Toronto Public Health’s guidelines for child care centres|
|Indoor and outdoor household services (e.g. babysitters, house cleaning)|
|Personal care services||
|Personal services (e.g. house sitting, party planning)|
|Restaurants, bars & nightclubs||
|Media Industries / Film & TV|
|Tour & guide services||Toronto Public Health Guidelines for tour and guide services|
|Water recreational facilities||
|Outdoor recreational facilities|
|Beaches, parks & camping||
|Team sports and live sporting events||
|Live shows, performing arts and movie theatres|
Stage 1: curbside pickup
Stage 2: computer access, scheduled pickup and returns at drop boxes
Stage 3: reopening with some modifications
|Attractions & heritage institutions (includes interactive exhibits)||
|Events & event spaces (e.g. convention centres, weddings and funerals)||
|Long-term care homes|
|Transportation||Toronto Public Health guidelines for public transit & taxis and ride shares|
|Educational institutions & instructional services||
|Employers, businesses & workplaces|
Some businesses and organizations may have services that fit into multiple stages of reopening. Always refer to the Provincial reopening framework to understand what services your business or organization can offer within each stage. Ontario businesses who have questions can call the Province’s toll-free line: 1-888-444-3659