COVID-19 public health measures and advice

Find out about the latest public health measures, advice and restrictions in Step 1 of the Roadmap to Reopen.

Step 1 of the Roadmap to Reopen

Step 1 of the Roadmap to Reopen

Ontario is now in Step 1 of the Roadmap as of June 11, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

About Step 1

Ontario moved to Step 1 of the Roadmap to Reopen on June 11, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. based on the provincewide vaccination rate and continuing improvements in key public health and health system indicators.

Public health and workplace safety measures in Step 1 are set out in a regulation under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to covid 19) Act, 2020 (ROA).

Below is a summary of some of the public health and workplace safety measures in Step 1. Please refer to O. Reg. 82/20 for a complete list of public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions.

General public health and workplace safety measures

Approach in schools and child care

Schools

All publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools are teaching classes remotely for the remainder of the school year.

In-person learning is available for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning. Contact your school board for more information.

Child care

During the remote learning period:

  • licensed child care centres and home-based child care services for non school-aged children are open with enhanced health and safety measures
  • licensed child care centres, authorized recreation and skill-building providers and district school boards are not permitted to serve school-aged children
  • emergency child care for school-aged children is available free of charge for eligible health care, public safety and other frontline workers. Contact your municipality or local service system manager to see if you are eligible for emergency child care

For businesses, organizations and facilities

Refer to O. Reg. 82/20 for details.

Public health advice, recommendations and instructions

Businesses or organizations must comply with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials. This includes advice, recommendations or instructions on:

  • face coverings
  • physical distancing
  • cleaning or disinfecting
  • screening

Check with your local public health unit for any additional advice, recommendations or instructions.

Corporations that are not following the orders can be fined up to:

  • $500,000 for a director or officer of a corporation
  • $10 million for a corporation

Work from home except where necessary

Each person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall ensure that any person who performs work for the business or organization conducts their work remotely, with some limited exceptions, unless the nature of their work requires them to be on-site at the workplace.

Physical distancing and line management

Businesses must not permit patrons to line up inside unless they:

  • maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others
  • wear a mask or face covering (with some exceptions)

Businesses must not permit patrons to line up outside unless they maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others.

Screening

Businesses or organizations must operate in compliance with the advice, recommendations instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening individuals.

For patrons

Businesses must implement passive screening for patrons by posting signs at all entrances informing people to screen themselves for covid 19 before entry.

Active screening is required in accordance with instructions by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Where this is required, it is noted in the sections below.

Businesses and customers may use the covid 19 customer screening tool to meet this requirement.

For workers

Workplaces must screen all workers or visitors entering the work environment. See the covid 19 Screening Tool for Workplaces for more information.

Personal protective equipment including eye protection

Everyone must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin inside any business or place that is open (with some exceptions).

Workers must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects their eyes, nose and mouth, if in the course of providing services they are:

  • required to come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a mask or face covering when in an indoor area
  • not separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier

Capacity limits

All businesses must limit capacity to the lesser of 50% or the number of people that can maintain physical distancing of 2 metres.

Other capacity limits apply to certain businesses. Where this is required, it is noted in the sections below.

To calculate:

  • 50% maximum capacity: divide the total square metres of floor space accessible to the public (not including shelving and store fixtures) by 8 and round down to the nearest whole number
  • 25% maximum capacity: divide the total square metres of floor space accessible to the public (not including shelving and store fixtures) by 16 and round down to the nearest whole number
  • 15% maximum capacity: divide the total square metres of floor space accessible to the public (not including shelving and store fixtures) by 26.67 and round down to the nearest whole number

Some businesses, including those that are open for retail sales to the public, must post a sign in a location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity they are permitted to operate under. Where this is required, it is noted in the sections below.

Cleaning and disinfection

Open businesses must ensure that equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers that are accessible to the public are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition.

Face coverings

Businesses or organizations must ensure that patrons and workers wear masks or face coverings indoors, with limited exceptions.

Safety plans

Open businesses must prepare and make available a covid 19 safety plan. A copy of the plan must be made available to any person for review upon request, and be posted where it would come to the attention of individuals working in or attending the business.

For individuals

Travel

As of June 16 at 12:01 a.m., restrictions on travel from Manitoba and Quebec into Ontario have been lifted.

You can leave home to travel. However, you are not permitted to host members of another household indoors except for:

  • a person from another household who lives alone
  • a caregiver

If you are ill, you should not travel even if your symptoms are mild.

Physical distancing

Everyone must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others (except for other members of their household or caregivers) in a place of business or facility that is open to the public.

Face coverings

Everyone must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin when in an indoor area of a business or organization that is open (with limited exceptions).

Organized public events and social gatherings

Events and gatherings

Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not allowed, except with members of the same household (the people you live with) and caregivers.

Individuals who live alone may consider gathering exclusively with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation.

Outdoor organized public events and social gatherings are permitted up to 10 people.

Physical distancing of 2 metres must be maintained with people outside your household, except for your caregiver or one person outside your household who lives alone.

You must wear a mask or face covering if you are within 2 metres of another person who is not part of your household, with limited exceptions.

Retirement homes

Retirement homes are exempt from organized public event and social gathering restrictions if it is in compliance with the policies or guidance, if any, issued by the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority.

End of year school celebrations

End of school year celebrations must meet the following requirements:

  • Celebrations should be organized by class for elementary school and by homeroom or quadmestered class for secondary schools. A maximum of two guests per student can attend.
  • All celebrations should take place outdoors – no indoor celebrations are permitted.
  • Celebrations should only take place where physical distancing can be maintained.

Gathering before and after the celebrations will not be permitted.

Ceremonies must comply with guidance issued by the Ministry of Education.

Weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies

For weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies:

  • physical distancing must be maintained
  • people must wear masks or face coverings when they are within 2 metres of another person who is not part of their household, with limited exceptions
  • capacity limits:
    • indoors: 15% capacity of the particular room
    • outdoors: limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres

Receptions are not permitted indoors except with members of the same household (the people you live with) or with one other person from outside of the household that lives alone, or caregivers for any of those persons.

Outdoor receptions permitted up to 10 people.

Drive-in services, rites or ceremonies permitted, subject to certain conditions.

Virtual services permitted.

Businesses that can open and relevant restrictions

Refer to O. Reg. 82/20 for details.

Restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments

Restaurants, bars, food trucks, concession stands and other food or drink establishments open for:

  • outdoor dining, take-out, drive through, and delivery (includes the sale of alcohol)
  • four patrons per table. More than four patrons can be seated at a table if any of the following applies:
    • all patrons are members of the same household
    • one patron is a member of another household who lives alone
    • a patron is a caregiver for any member of either household
  • Dine-in patrons must be seated at all times, with limited exceptions (e.g. using the washroom, paying)
  • Dine-in patrons must have their contact information collected and be actively screened
  • Capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres; maximum capacity must be posted
  • Dining area must be configured so patrons at different tables are 2 metres apart or separated by a barrier
  • If covered (i.e., roof, tent, canopy, etc.), the outdoor dining area must have at least two full sides of the dining area open and unobstructed
  • Volume of music must be limited to permit a normal conversation
  • No singing, dancing or performing music
  • No buffets

Night clubs and strip clubs only permitted to open if they operate solely as a food or drink establishment, for outdoor dining, takeout, drive-through and delivery only.

Retailers

Essential and select retail

Includes:

  • supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers’ markets, outdoor markets, and other stores that primarily sell food
  • pharmacies
  • discount and big box retailers selling groceries
  • stores that sell liquor, including beer, wine, and spirits
  • retail stores operated by telecommunications providers
  • outdoor garden centres and plant nurseries, and indoor greenhouses
  • optical stores that sell prescription eyewear to the public
  • medical and assistive devices and mobility aid stores
  • safety supply stores

Open for:

  • in-person retail (25% capacity where two metres physical distancing can be maintained)
  • curbside pick-up
  • delivery

All goods can be sold, including by discount and big box stores.

These stores are permitted to be open in malls.

Maximum capacity must be posted.

Other retail

Open for:

  • in-person retail (15% capacity where two metres physical distancing can be maintained)
  • curbside pick-up
  • delivery

Other retail stores are not permitted to be open in malls, unless the store has a public entrance that opens onto the street or sidewalk.

Maximum capacity must be posted.

Shopping malls

Shopping malls are only open:

  • for access to a business or place permitted to be open, such as “essential and select retail,” health care services (such as a dentist’s office), and government and court services
  • for picking up purchases from a designated pick up area

Other retail stores are not permitted to be open in malls, unless the store has a public entrance that opens onto the street or sidewalk and members of the public do not enter or exit through any entrance that opens directly into the mall.

Malls may have:

  • only one single designated location for pick-up inside
  • any number of designated locations outside

Interior dining spaces inside the shopping mall, including any tables and seating in food courts, must be closed.

Motor vehicle sales

Open for:

  • in-person retail (50% capacity where two metres physical distancing can be maintained)
  • curbside pick-up
  • delivery

Includes:

  • cars, trucks and motorcycles
  • recreational vehicles including motor homes; trailers and travel trailers
  • boats and other watercraft
  • other motorized vehicles, including power-assisted bicycles, golf carts, scooters, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles

Restrictions:

  • Members of the public must not be permitted where products are neither sold nor displayed for sale
  • Subject to certain conditions related to test drives, including:
    • limited to no more than 10 minutes
    • a maximum of two people, including up to one sales representative permitted
    • windows must be opened at all times unless the two people present in the vehicle are members of the same household
  • Maximum capacity must be posted

Online retail

Businesses that provide and support online retail, including by providing warehousing, storage and distribution of goods that are ordered online may open.

Services

Permitted services include:

  • rental and leasing services, including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental
  • gas stations and other fuel suppliers
  • automated and self-service car washes
  • laundromats and drycleaners
  • lawn care services, snow clearing and landscaping services
  • security services for residences, businesses and other properties
  • domestic services to support children, seniors or vulnerable persons, including:
    • housekeeping
    • cooking
    • indoor and outdoor cleaning and maintenance services
  • vehicle and equipment repair and essential maintenance and vehicle and equipment rental services
  • funeral and related services
  • staffing services including providing temporary help
  • veterinary services and other businesses that provide pet services and for the health and welfare of animals, including:
    • farms
    • boarding kennels
    • stables
    • animal shelters
    • research facilities
    • pet groomers
    • pet sitters
    • pet walkers
    • pet trainers (including for service animals)

Owners of animals or their representative can visit their animal, assist in the care or feeding of the animal or ride the animal at a boarding kennel or stable.

Rental accommodations

Hotels, motels, lodges, cabins, cottages, resorts student residences and other shared rental accommodations

Open.

Indoor pools, communal steam rooms, saunas or indoor whirlpools, indoor fitness centres or other indoor recreational facilities are closed.

Short-term rentals

Open.

Indoor pools, communal steam rooms, saunas or indoor whirlpools, indoor fitness centres, or other indoor recreational facilities are closed.

Campgrounds

Open.

Clubhouses, indoor pools, communal steam rooms, saunas or indoor whirlpools, indoor fitness centres, or other indoor recreational facilities are closed.

Meeting or event spaces

Only permitted to open for:

  • day camps
  • child care centres and authorized recreational and skill building programs (as described in the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014)
  • court services
  • government services
  • mental health and addictions support services (for example, Alcoholics Anonymous), so long as no more than 10 people are permitted to occupy the rented space
  • social services
  • collective bargaining, so long as no more than 10 people are permitted to occupy the rented space
  • examinations for registration, licensing or accreditation of people in any field of occupation permitted under O. Reg. 82/20, so long as no more than 50 people are permitted to occupy the rented space, with limited exceptions

Patrons must have their contact information collected, with the exception of court services.

Individuals must be actively screened.

Post-secondary institutions

Post-secondary institutions open for virtual instruction, with limited exceptions where in-person instruction is required (e.g., clinical training, trades). Subject to physical distancing with limited exceptions and capacity limits.

In-person teaching (each instructional space at the institution at one time) and in-person examinations cannot exceed 10 persons, with limited exemptions for:

  • dental hygiene
  • dentistry
  • diagnostic cardiac sonography
  • diagnostic medical sonography
  • diagnostic ultrasound
  • medical imaging
  • medical laboratory assistant
  • medical laboratory technician and medical laboratory technologist
  • medical radiation technologist
  • medicine
  • mental health and addictions services, including psychology services, social work services and counselling services
  • midwifery
  • nursing
  • optometry
  • paramedic
  • personal support worker, supportive care worker, home care worker or a similar occupation
  • pharmacy/pharmacy technician
  • physician assistant
  • public health inspector, if the program is accredited by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors
  • rehabilitation sciences (nutrition, speech language pathology, occupational science, and physiotherapy)
  • respiratory therapy
  • veterinary medicine

Anyone singing or playing a wind or brass instrument must maintain 3 metres physical distancing or have a barrier.

Teaching and instruction (for example, recreational classes and lessons)

Open outdoor only.

Ten patrons maximum are allowed in an instructional space.

Two metres physical distancing must be maintained, except in situations where teaching cannot be effectively provided if physical distancing is maintained.

Patrons must have their contact information collected and be actively screened.

Anyone singing or playing a wind or brass instrument must maintain 3 metres physical distancing or have a barrier.

Financial services

Financial services that are permitted include:

  • capital markets and related securities trading and advisory services
  • banking/credit union activities including credit intermediation
  • insurance
  • land registration services
  • pension and benefits payment services
  • financial services including payroll and payment processing and accounting and tax services

Real estate (including pre-sale construction)

No open houses – showing a property permitted by appointment only.

Telecommunications and IT infrastructure/service providers

Permitted businesses include:

  • information technology (IT) services, including online services, software products and the facilities necessary for their operation and delivery
  • telecommunications providers and services (phone, internet, radio, cell phones etc.) and facilities necessary for their operation and delivery
  • newspapers, radio and television broadcasting

Maintenance

Maintenance, repair and property management services that manage and maintain the safety, security, sanitation and operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties and buildings are allowed.

Transportation services

Permitted services include:

  • transportation services provided by air, water, road, and rail, including taxis and other private transportation providers
  • support services for transportation services, including:
    • logistical support, distribution services, warehousing and storage, truck stops and tow operators, and
    • services that support the operations and safety of transportation systems including maintenance and repairs
  • businesses that provide and support online retail, including by providing warehousing, storage and distribution of goods that are ordered online

In-person driving instruction

In-person driving instruction only permitted for:

  • instruction for drivers of commercial motor vehicles provided by either:
    • the Ontario Driver Certification Program (administered by the Ministry of Transportation), for motor vehicles for which:
      • a class of driver’s licence other than Class G, G1, G2, M, M1 or M2 is required
      • an air brake endorsement is required
    • a private career colleges, in accordance with certain conditions

Manufacturing

Businesses are permitted if they:

  • extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials, including businesses that manufacture inputs to other manufacturers (for example primary metal/steel, blow molding, component manufacturers and chemicals that feed the end-product manufacturer), regardless of whether those other manufacturers are inside or outside of Ontario
  • support and facilitate the movement of goods within integrated North American and global supply chains

Supply chain

Businesses are allowed to open if they supply essential:

  • support
  • products
  • supplies
  • systems
  • services, including processing, packaging, warehousing, distribution, delivery and maintenance

Agriculture and food production

Businesses are allowed if they:

  • produce food and beverages, agricultural products (including plants), including by farming, harvesting, aquaculture, hunting and fishing
  • process, manufacture or distribute:
    • food
    • beverages
    • crops
    • agricultural products
    • animal products and by-products
  • support the food or agricultural products supply chains and the health and safety of food, animals and plants

Construction

Open:

  • construction activities or projects
  • related services that support construction activities or projects, including demolition services
  • land surveyors

Resources and energy

Businesses that provide and ensure the domestic and global continuity of supply of resources are allowed, including:

  • resource exploration
  • mining
  • forestry
  • aggregates
  • petroleum and petroleum by-products
  • chemicals

Also allowed are:

  • electricity generation, transmission, distribution and storage
  • natural gas distribution, transmission and storage

Community services

Businesses that deliver or support the delivery of community services are allowed, including:

  • sewage treatment and disposal
  • waste collection, transport, storage, processing, disposal or recycling
  • potable drinking water
  • critical infrastructure repair and maintenance including roads, dams, bridges
  • environmental rehabilitation, management and monitoring, and spill clean-up and response
  • administrative authorities that regulate and inspect businesses
  • professional and social services that support the legal and justice system
  • government services, including:
    • policing and law enforcement
    • fire and emergency services
    • paramedics
    • coroner and pathology services
    • corrections and court services
    • licences and permits
  • allotment gardens or community gardens

Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities

Only open for:

  • outdoor fitness classes, outdoor sports training and outdoor personal training
  • ten patrons maximum in each class or training session
  • every person must maintain 3 metres physical distancing
  • no team sports, games or scrimmages, or activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within 3 metres of each other
  • patrons must have their contact information collected and be actively screened
  • spectators not permitted; Parent or guardian permitted for each child under 18
  • indoor use not permitted, with limited exceptions and conditions, including:
    • accessing washrooms
    • for high-performance athletes identified in O. Reg. 82/20
    • day camps

Indoor use not permitted, with limited exceptions and conditions, including:

  • accessing washrooms
  • for high-performance athletes identified in O. Reg. 82/20
  • day camps, child care, mental health and addiction support services, with a maximum of 10 people and social services, subject to conditions
  • access to physical therapy for a person with a disability (as defined in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005)

Community centres or multi-purpose facilities may open for the following limited purposes, subject to conditions:

  • day camps
  • child care
  • mental health and addiction support services (with a maximum of 10 people)
  • social services
  • permitted indoor and outdoors activities and services

Patrons must have their contact information collected.

Personal trainers and sports trainers

Only open for:

  • outdoor fitness classes, outdoor sports training and outdoor personal training
  • ten patrons maximum in each class or training session
  • every person must maintain 3 metres physical distancing
  • no team sports, games or scrimmages, or activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within 3 metres of each other
  • patrons must have their contact information collected and be actively screened
  • spectators not permitted; Parent or guardian permitted for each child under 18

Outdoor recreational amenities

Outdoor recreational amenities are open subject to conditions. This includes:

  • parks and recreational areas
  • playgrounds
  • splash pads and spray pads
  • outdoor pools, wading pools, whirlpools and water slides
  • areas of parks or recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment
  • baseball diamonds, batting cages, soccer, football and sports fields
  • tennis, platform tennis, table tennis and pickleball courts
  • basketball courts
  • BMX parks and skate parks
  • golf courses and driving ranges
  • frisbee golf locations
  • trails and cycling tracks
  • horse riding facilities
  • shooting ranges, including those operated by rod and gun clubs
  • archery ranges
  • boat and watercraft launches
  • lawn game courts, including lawn bowling, bocce and croquet courts
  • horseshoe pits

The outdoor recreational amenities listed above can only open if:

  • anyone who enters or uses the amenity maintains a physical distance of at least two metres, unless they are with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone, or a caregiver
  • anyone who participates in a training session, permitted sport or game must maintain a physical distancing of at least three metres, except from members of the same household, and parasport athletes and their attendants or guides
  • no team sports, games or scrimmages, or activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within 3 metres of each other
  • clubhouses open only for pools and other water amenities, washrooms, equipment storage or first aid
  • recreational boating limited to members of the same household, one person outside the household who lives alone, and caregivers

Marinas and boating clubs

Marinas, boating clubs and other organizations that maintain docking facilities for members or patrons may open subject to conditions.

Any clubhouse, restaurant (except for outdoor dining, take-out, drive through, or delivery), indoor pool, communal steam room, sauna or indoor whirlpool, meeting room, indoor fitness centre or other indoor recreational facility on the premises must be closed to the public, with limited exceptions (such as washrooms or first aid).

Providing fuel, boat or watercraft repair and servicing, boat or watercraft docking and boat or watercraft launching services are permitted.

If using the boat for recreational purposes, the person responsible for the boat or watercraft must ensure that the members of the group using the boat or watercraft are all members of the same household, unless someone from the group lives alone or is a caregiver.

Day camps and overnight camps

Day camps can open if they operate in a manner consistent with safety guidelines from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. However, indoor day camps are not permitted in Step 1. Provisions in O. Reg. 82/20 must be followed.

Overnight camps are not permitted in Step 1.

Research

Businesses and organizations that maintain research facilities and engage in research, including medical research and other research and development activities, are permitted.

Health care and social services

Permitted:

  • organizations and providers that deliver home care services or personal support services to seniors and persons with disabilities
  • regulated health professionals
  • osteopathic manual practitioners
  • professionals or organizations that provide in-person counselling services
  • organizations that provide health care, including:
    • retirement homes
    • hospitals
    • clinics
    • long-term care facilities
    • independent health facilities
    • mental health and addictions counselling supports
  • laboratories and specimen collection centres
  • manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies, including:
    • medications
    • medical isotopes
    • vaccines and antivirals
    • medical devices
    • medical supplies
  • manufacturers, distributors and businesses that provide logistical support for products and services that support the delivery of health care
  • organizations that provide critical personal support services in home or residential services for individuals with physical disabilities
  • organizations that support the provision of food, shelter, safety or protection or social services and other necessities of life to economically disadvantaged and other vulnerable individuals
  • businesses that are primarily engaged in the provision of health and safety training (with conditions)

Media industries

Permitted:

  • sound recording, production, publishing and distribution businesses
  • commercial film and television production, including all supporting activities such as hair, makeup and wardrobe – with the following conditions:
    • no studio audiences permitted to be on the film or television set
    • no more than 50 performers may be on the film or television set
    • the film or television set may be located in any business or place, including any business or place that is otherwise required to be closed
    • set must be configured and operated in such a way as to enable persons on the set to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from other persons, except where necessary for the filming of the film or television production
    • hair or makeup services providers must wear appropriate personal protective equipment
    • the person responsible for the film or television production must ensure that the production operates in accordance with the guidance document titled “Film and television industry health and safety during covid 19” issued by the Film and Television Health and Safety Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, as amended from time to time.
  • film and television postproduction, visual effects and animation studios
  • book and periodical production, publishing and distribution businesses
  • commercial and industrial photography
  • interactive digital media businesses, including:
    • computer system software or application developers and publishers
    • video game developers and publishers

Libraries

Libraries may open subject to conditions. Circulating materials must be reserved over the telephone or online for contactless curbside, delivery or pick-up.

Patrons must only be permitted to enter the premises to facilitate the contactless drop-off and pick-up or access computers, photocopiers or similar services.

Patrons must not:

  • be in the book stacks
  • handle circulating materials that are shelved or in other areas of library storage

Other permitted services in a library include:

  • day camps
  • child care services
  • mental health and addiction support services, to a limit of 10 people
  • social services

Patrons must have their contact information collected for these purposes only.

Outdoor museums and similar attractions

Open with capacity limited to 15% for ticketed areas:

  • zoos
  • landmarks
  • historic sites
  • botanical gardens
  • science centres
  • museums
  • galleries
  • aquariums
  • similar attractions

Restrictions:

  • reservations required for ticketed areas
  • no interactive exhibits or exhibits that would create a high risk of personal contact
  • no amusement rides or tour vehicles
  • maximum capacity must be posted
  • no member of the public permitted to enter any indoor area with limited exceptions (e.g., washrooms, health and safety)

Concert venues, theatres and cinemas

Open for drive-in or drive-through concert, events or performances (see below).

Outdoor rehearsals or performances of a recorded or broadcasted event permitted

Restrictions:

  • no spectators
  • only people essential to the rehearsal or performance permitted
  • limited to 10 performers maximum
  • every person must maintain 3 metres physical distancing
  • indoor use not permitted, with limited exceptions and conditions (such as washrooms, for health and safety)
  • every person must have their contact information collected and be actively screened

Drive-in and drive through events

  • Includes movies, concerts, artistic events, theatrical performances and other performances
  • patrons must remain in their vehicles, with limited exceptions (such as using washrooms)
  • each vehicle can only have members of the same household, one person outside the household who lives alone, and caregivers

Tour and guide services

Outdoor tour and guide services can open, including:

  • guided hunting trips
  • tastings and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries
  • trail riding tours, walking tours and bicycle tours
  • other tour and guide services

Restrictions:

  • boat tours and motor vehicle tours are not permitted
  • ten patrons maximum are allowed per tour.
  • two metres physical distancing must be maintained, with limited exceptions.
  • patrons must have their contact information collected and be actively screened.
  • indoors not permitted, with limited exceptions (such as washrooms or for health and safety)

Horse racing, car racing and other similar venues

Outdoor open.

No spectators permitted.

Only people essential to the training, race or operation of the venue permitted.

Photography studios and services

Outdoor open.

Appointment required.

Patrons must be actively screened.

Any in-person services provided to patrons, including taking of photographs, must be provided outdoors.

Sensory deprivation pods

Open when used for a therapeutic purpose prescribed or administered by a regulated health professional

Restrictions:

  • limited to the lesser of 5 patrons or 25% capacity
  • appointments required
  • only people receiving services permitted in the premises, with limited exceptions (such as a caregiver or child)

Businesses not permitted to open

  • Amusement parks, water parks
  • Bathhouses and sex clubs
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
  • Indoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas
  • Overnight camps
  • Personal care services
  • Fairs and rural exhibitions

Contact us

If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.