News Release
March 1, 2022

Today, the City of Toronto entered the Roadmap Exit Step of the Province of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen, with most temporary public health and workplace safety measures implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19 now lifted.

The following changes came into effect today at 12:01 a.m.:

  • All indoor and outdoor capacity limits are now lifted, including for all businesses, public gatherings and events.
  • Proof of vaccination requirements are lifted, with continuation of such requirements now being the decision of individual businesses.
  • Industry-specific public health measures are lifted, subject to conditions.

Across Ontario, protective measures including wearing a mask or face covering in indoor public settings and health screening continue to be required, subject to the same exemptions as Step 3 Reopening. The City’s mask by-law also remains in effect.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) continues to see positive signs that the Omicron wave is receding. The moving average for both hospitalizations and ICU admissions continue to decline, as well as the amount of virus detected in wastewater and the number of outbreaks in various settings. Given the current epidemiology, and as Toronto enters the Province’s Roadmap Exit Step of the Reopening Ontario Act, effective today, the Medical Officer of Health is revoking the following temporary class orders and letters of instruction:

  • COVID-19 Self-Isolation Class Order (issued on January 10, 2022)
  • Class Order to Close Workplaces to Manage COVID-19 Outbreaks (issued on April 22, 2021)
  • Class Order for Workplaces Experiencing a COVID-19 Outbreak (issued on March 3, 2021)
  • Instructions for Indoor Sports and Recreational Fitness Facilities (issued on October 8, 2021)
  • Instructions for Workplaces (issued on January 4, 2021)

More information about these orders and letters of instruction can be found on the City’s COVID-19: Orders & Bylaws web page.

The City continues to follow local and provincial guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Toronto communities. In accordance with this guidance, proof of vaccination is no longer required to access City facilities such as City-operated community centres and indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities, including pools, indoor arenas and gyms. Physical distancing is also no longer required. Toronto Zoo will continue to require proof of vaccination to enter the Zoo until all COVID-19 susceptible animals, some of which are critically endangered or endangered, are vaccinated. More information on visiting the Toronto Zoo is available on the Toronto Zoo website.

In line with provincial guidance, all City-operated community centres, indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities, including pools, indoor arenas and gyms are now operating at full capacity. Masks must continue to be worn indoors while not participating in physical activity, and health self-screening prior to entry will continue at community centres and sport and recreational facilities.

For up-to-date information about what has changed as Toronto enters the Roadmap Exit Step of provincial reopening, residents are encouraged to visit the City’s online COVID-19: Guide for Toronto Residents.

TPH continues to encourage residents to receive a first, second and third dose of COVID-19 vaccine when eligible, to continue to make mindful choices in relation to COVID-19 exposure and to practice self-protection measures. The latest guidance from TPH is available in the COVID-19: Reduce Virus Spread Guide.

Anyone still needing a first, second and booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine is urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. More information on where to get vaccinated is available on the City’s COVID-19: Where to Get Vaccinated web page.

More information about City services that continue to be impacted by COVID-19, is available on City’s COVID-19: Changes to City Services webpage.

More information about provincial changes under the Exit Step is available on the Government of Ontario website.

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