Earlier this week, the Province of Ontario announced that if key health indicators continue to improve, additional health measures such as proof of vaccination requirements for all settings and capacity limits in remaining indoor public settings will be lifted as of March 1.
Until that time, the City of Toronto will continue to follow provincial guidance on proof of vaccination requirements to access City facilities such as City-operated community centres and indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities, including pools, indoor arenas and gyms.
Although the provincial regulations are not yet available, the City together with Toronto Public Health (TPH), intend to follow the provincial guidance on this matter. TPH is not recommending a proof of vaccination program for City-run facilities, given the current epidemiology of COVID-19 and Toronto residents’ participation in measures to reduce the impact of COVID-19. These actions include COVID-19 vaccination and self-protection measures. TPH continues to encourage residents to receive a first, second or third dose of COVID-19 vaccine when eligible, to continue to make mindful choices in relation to COVID-19 exposure and to practice the measures for self-protection.
The City’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for its employees remains in place. Ensuring all employees, as well as new hires, are vaccinated is an important component of what the City is doing to help protect the health and safety of all employees and the communities they work with. All City employees in the workplace are compliant with the policy.
Yesterday, some public health measures implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19 were lifted in Toronto and across Ontario, including capacity limits for restaurants, bars, gyms, cinemas, museums, attractions and other public places subject to restrictions.
In line with current provincial guidance, as of yesterday all City-operated community centres and indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities, including pools, indoor arenas and gyms, are now operating at full capacity. At this time, provincial regulations continue to require proof of vaccination for those age 12 and older entering City indoor sports and recreational facilities. Enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes are the only acceptable form of proof of vaccination.
The latest information about what is and is not permitted under the new provincial regulations is available in the City’s online COVID-19: Guide for Residents
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