Today, the City of Toronto is resuming additional services and supporting businesses and residents as Toronto enters the next phase of provincial reopening.
As of 12:01 a.m., the Province of Ontario has lifted some public health measures implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19. In this next phase of reopening, indoor social gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor social gatherings of up to 100 people are permitted. Organized public events are also permitted for 50 people indoors, with no limit for outdoor events; masks or face coverings continue to be required. Capacity limits for restaurants, bars, gyms, cinemas, museums, attractions and other public places have largely been lifted, subject to restrictions including wearing masks or face coverings and providing proof of vaccination.
For up-to-date information about what is and is not permitted under the new provincial regulations, Toronto residents are encouraged to visit the City’s online COVID-19: Guide for Residents. Full details of the provincial reopening announcement are in the Province’s news release.
All City-operated community centres and indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities, including pools, indoor arenas and gyms, are now operating at full capacity. The 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. Active health screening prior to entry will continue at community centres.
Other non-sport or fitness indoor actives that do not require proof of double vaccination are open with public health requirements and capacity restrictions of 50 per cent. The latest information about all impacted City services is available on the City’s COVID-19: Changes to City Services webpage.
Yesterday, the City also announced that stating next week, civic centres including Toronto City Hall will reopen for in-person counter services, including payments for property taxes, utilities and parking violations and more. Additional information can be found in yesterday’s City news release.
The City continues to help Toronto’s small business owners and operators mitigate and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 as gradual reopening restarts the city’s economy. More information for businesses is available on the COVID-19: Businesses & Organizations – Resources webpage.
This next phase of reopening would not be possible without the millions of Torontonians who chose to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect themselves and their communities. Team Toronto and partners have now administered more than 6.6 million doses of vaccine. In total, 91 per cent of eligible Torontonians age 12 or older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with 88 per cent having received two doses. Team Toronto has also now administered third doses to 61.9 per cent of eligible residents.
Getting a first, second or third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has never been easier with many vaccination appointments and walk-in options available across the city. All five City-run clinics continue to operate Monday to Friday, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for walk-ins and booked appointments. Appointments can be booked in the provincial booking system.
Over the Family Day weekend, Scarborough Town Centre and Cloverdale Mall clinics will be open to walk-ins only on Sunday, February 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, February 21 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Immunization clinics at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Woodbine Mall and Mitchell Field Community Centre will be closed on Sunday and Monday, due to the long weekend.
First, second, third and paediatric doses are also available at hospital partner clinics, doctors’ offices and more than 525 local pharmacies across the city. More information on where to get vaccinated is available on the City’s website.
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