COVID-19 public health measures and advice

Find out about the latest public health measures, advice and restrictions.

Ontario releases plan to safely reopen Ontario and manage covid 19 for the long-term

On October 22, 2021, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage covid 19 for the Long-Term.

This plan outlines the province’s approach to lifting the remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022. The plan will be guided by the ongoing assessment of key public health and health care indicators and supported by local or regional tailored responses to covid 19.

General public health and workplace safety measures

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Approach in schools and child care

Schools

All public and private schools will return to full-time in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year with health and safety measures in place. Remote learning will continue to be an option for students and families.

Learn about the health and safety measures that will be in place to keep kids safe at school.

Child care

Licensed child care centres and licensed home-based child care services are open with enhanced health and safety measures.

For businesses, organizations and facilities

Refer to O. Reg. 364/20 for details.

Public health advice, recommendations and instructions

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

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

Proof of vaccination
As of September 22, 2021, patrons must provide proof of vaccination to access the following businesses and settings:

  • indoor areas of meeting and event space facilities (includes banquet halls, conference and convention centres) and outdoor areas that have a usual capacity of 20,000 or more persons
  • indoor areas of restaurants, bars and other food establishments without dance facilities, excluding delivery and takeout
  • indoor and outdoor areas of restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs, restoclubs and other similar establishments, excluding delivery and takeout
  • indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks, personal fitness training and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events, and outdoor areas of these facilities that have a usual capacity of 20,000 or more persons
  • indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
  • indoor areas of concert venues, theatres and cinemas and outdoor areas that have a usual capacity of 20,000 or more persons
  • indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs
  • indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues, and outdoor areas that have a usual capacity of 20,000 or more persons
  • indoor areas where commercial film and TV productions take place with studio audiences

In addition, other settings may elect to require patrons to provide proof of identification and of being fully of vaccinated against COVID-19, during which time capacity limits and physical distancing requirements will not apply, including:

  • personal care services (e.g., barber shops, salons, body art)
  • indoor areas of museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions
  • indoor areas of amusement parks
  • indoor areas of fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals
  • indoor tour and guide services
  • boat tours
  • indoor areas of marinas and boating clubs
  • indoor clubhouses at outdoor recreational amenities
  • indoor recreational amenities
  • open house events hosted provided by real estate agencies
  • indoor areas of photography studios and services

Locations where a wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony takes place, other than at a private dwelling, may also elect to require attendees to provide proof of identification and of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have capacity limits and physical distancing requirements lifted while the election (that is, the proof of identification and vaccination requirements) is in effect. 

Patrons must provide:

Patrons can provide either a paper or digital copy of their vaccination receipt that includes their:

  • name
  • date of birth
  • date of vaccination
  • brand of vaccine at the time of final vaccination

Limited exemptions apply.

Learn more about proof of vaccination and read the Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act (PDF)

Vaccination policies

On August 17, 2021, the government announced that covid 19 vaccination policies will become mandatory in high-risk settings. These include:

  • hospitals
  • home and community care service providers
  • ambulance services
  • post-secondary institutions
  • licensed retirement homes
  • women’s shelters
  • congregate group homes and day programs for adults with developmental disabilities
  • children’s treatment centres and other services for children with special needs, and licensed children’s residential settings.

These settings will be required to implement and ensure compliance with a covid 19 vaccination policy based on advice, recommendations and instructions from the Chief Medical Officer of Health (or a Medical Officer of Health following consultation with the OCMOH), or to set out the precautions and procedures that the business or organization must include in its COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Physical distancing and line management

Businesses and places that are open 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 and places that are open must not permit patrons to line up or congregate outside of the business, or at an attraction or feature within the business or place, 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 and organizations must implement passive screening for patrons by posting signs (PDF) 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, organizations and customers may use the covid 19 customer screening tool to meet this requirement.

For workers

Workplaces must actively screen all workers before 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

Generally, all businesses or facilities open to the public must limit indoor capacity to 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.

Unless otherwise specified, to calculate:

  • 75% maximum capacity at an outdoor setting: take the total square metres of area accessible to the public, divide that number by 1.33, and round the result down to the nearest whole number
  • 50% maximum capacity at an indoor setting: take 50% of the maximum occupant load of the business of facility, or part of a business or facility, as applicable, as calculated in accordance with Ontario Regulation 213/07 (Fire Code), made under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997
  • 25% maximum capacity at an indoor setting: take 25% of the maximum occupant load of the business of facility, or part of a business or facility, as applicable, as calculated in accordance with Ontario Regulation 213/07 (Fire Code), made under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997

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, showers and similar amenities 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.

Face coverings are also required in some outdoor public settings as well. Where this is required, it is noted in the sections below.

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.

The safety plan must describe the measures and procedures businesses have implemented or will implement to reduce the transmission risk of covid 19. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • screening
  • physical distancing
  • masks or face coverings
  • cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects
  • wearing of personal protective equipment
  • preventing and controlling crowding

Some businesses, places and events have additional requirements that need to be included in their safety plan, including:

  • preventing gatherings and crowds
  • ensuring that requirements for line management are complied with
  • mitigating the risk of interactive activities, exhibits or games

Where this is required, it is noted in the sections below.

Live entertainment

Performers must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres or be separated from any audience or spectators by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.

Roofs, canopies, tents or awnings

If covered (by a roof, tent, awning, canopy, etc.), an outdoor area must have at least two full sides, or one full side and the roof, open and unobstructed.

For individuals

Read Canada’s public health guidance for vaccinated individuals.

Physical distancing

Unless proof of vaccination rules apply (see below), everyone must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others (except for other members of their household or their caregivers):

  • in indoor areas of a business or facility that is open to the public
  • at an indoor organized public event

Physical distancing is not required  where capacity limits have been lifted in settings that require proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated. These include:

  • a restaurant, bar and other food or drink establishment (without dance facilities)
  • a meeting or event space
  • a facility used for sports and recreational fitness facilities (including gyms, spectator areas, areas where personal physical fitness trainers provide instruction, and water parks)
  • a concert venue, theatre or cinema
  • a casino, bingo hallor other gaming establishment
  • a horse racing track, car racing track or other similar venue
  • a place where commercial film and television production takes place
  • a business, facility or location that is permitted to, and has opted-in to proof of vaccination requirements while the opt-in is in effect. That is, physical distancing is required on any day that a business, facility or location from this list does not opt in to proof of vaccination requirements. (see above under the heading “Proof of Vaccination” for the list of these settings)

Face coverings

Face covering requirements remain in place at this time.

Everyone must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin (with limited exceptions):

  • in an indoor area of a business or organization that is open
  • at an indoor organized public event and within two metres of another individual
  • at some outdoor public events or settings. Where this is required, it is noted in the sections below.

Organized public events and social gatherings

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Events and gatherings

Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are permitted up to 25 people.

Outdoor social gatherings are permitted up to 100 people with limited exceptions.

Outdoor organized public events are permitted with no limit on the number of people. A face covering must be work if physical distancing of 2 metres is not possible.

Retirement homes

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

Weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies

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

  • all people attending the gathering must comply with public health guidance on physical distancing
  • people must wear masks or face coverings when
    • they are in an indoor area at a business or facility that is open to the public, with limited exceptions
    • they are within 2 metres of another person who is not part of their household, with limited exceptions
  • indoor capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres unless otherwise specified

Receptions are permitted indoors up to 25 people unless held at a meeting or event space, or a restaurant or other food or drink establishment.

Outdoor receptions permitted up to 100 people unless held at a meeting or event space or a restaurant or other food or drink establishment.

As of September 22, 2021, patrons, with limited exceptions, must provide proof of vaccination to access indoor areas of meeting and event space facilities (includes banquet halls, conference and convention centres) and outdoor areas that have a usual capacity of 20,000 or more persons.

Locations where a wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony takes place, other than private dwellings, may also implement proof of vaccination requirements for services, rites, or ceremonies at the location to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements.

Restrictions for businesses

Refer to O. Reg. 364/20 for details.

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Restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments

As of September 22, 2021, patrons, with limited exemptions, must provide proof of vaccination to access indoor areas of restaurants, bars and other food establishments (without dance facilities), excluding delivery and takeout.

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

  • indoor and outdoor dining
  • buffets
  • take-out, drive through and delivery

This includes the sale of alcohol.

Conditions:

  • for indoor and outdoor dine-in service, the person responsible for the establishment must record the name and contact information of every patron and actively screen individuals.
    • The covid 19 customer screening tool can be used to meet this requirement.
    • These requirements do not apply to quick service restaurants where the patron temporarily enters the area to place, pick up or pay for a takeout order.
  • if covered (i.e., roof, tent, awning, canopy, etc.), the outdoor dining area must have at least two full sides of the dining area or one full side and the roof (if retractable) open and is not substantially blocked by any walls or other impermeable physical barriers.
  • no dancing (see Nightclubs, restoclubs and other food or drink establishments with dance facilities below)
  • must have a safety plan with additional requirements

Nightclubs, restoclubs and other food or drink establishments with dance facilities

As of September 22, 2021, patrons, with limited exemptions, must provide proof of vaccination to access indoor and outdoor areas of restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs, restoclubs and other similar establishments, excluding delivery and takeout.

Open

Conditions:

  • indoor capacity limited to the lesser of:
    • the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres, up to 25%
    • 250 patrons
  • outdoor capacity limited to 75% or 5,000 people, whichever is less
  • maximum capacity must be posted
  • dining area must be configured so patrons at different tables are 2 metres apart or separated by a barrier
  • mask or face coverings required indoors and outdoors at the venue, with limited exceptions
  • if covered (i.e., roof, tent, awning, canopy, etc.), the outdoor dining area must have at least two full sides of the dining area or one full side and the roof (if retractable) open and is unobstructed
  • the person responsible for the establishment must record the name and contact information of every patron and actively screen individuals. The covid 19 customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement
  • physical distancing required with exceptions for:
    • participating in the activities for which patrons normally frequent such an establishment
    • patrons sitting at the same table
  • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

Personal care services

Personal care services can now opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements.

Services can open, including:

  • hair salons and barbershops
  • manicure and pedicure salons
  • aesthetician services
  • piercing services
  • tanning salons
  • spas
  • tattoo studios
  • sensory deprivation pods
  • steam rooms and saunas
  • other personal care services relating to the hair or body

Services that require the removal of a face covering or mask can be provided.

Conditions:

  • capacity must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distancing of 2 metres from every other person at the establishment
  • maximum capacity must be posted
  • appointments required
  • oxygen bars closed
  • the person responsible for the establishment must actively screen individuals. The covid 19 customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement
  • persons providing services must wear appropriate personal protective equipment

Retailers

Retail

Open

Conditions:

  • capacity must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distancing of 2 metres from every other person at the establishment
  • maximum capacity must be posted
  • if patrons are permitted to test drive any vehicles, boats or watercraft, they must be actively screened and wear a face covering or mask
  • specialty vape stores cannot permit an electronic cigarette to be used for the purpose of sampling a vapour product in the store

Shopping malls

Open

All retail stores can open in malls if they follow the other retail requirements listed above.

Restrictions:

  • the number of members of the public in the shopping mall at any one time must not exceed the total capacity of the sum of the capacities of every business in the mall.
  • loitering is not permitted
  • the public can only line up inside the mall if they:
    • maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres
    • wear a face covering (with some exceptions)

Indoor and outdoor recreational amenities

Indoor and outdoor recreational amenities can now opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements.

Open

Restrictions:

  • indoor recreational amenities must comply with restrictions for facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities below and:
    • limit the capacity indoors to permit two metres physical distancing up to 50%
    • post maximum capacity
  • outdoor recreational amenities must:
    • limit the capacity of any indoor clubhouse to permit two metres physical distancing up to 50%
    • post maximum capacity

Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities

As of September 22, 2021, patrons, with limited exemptions, must provide proof of vaccination to access indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, facilities where spectators watch events, and outdoor areas that have a usual capacity of 20,000 or more persons.

Open

Conditions:

  • the person responsible for the facility must record the name and contact information of every person who enters the facility and actively screen individuals who enter the facility. The covid 19 customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement
  • face coverings are required indoors except when engaged in an athletic or fitness activity (with some other exceptions)
  • facilities and leagues must have a safety plan with additional requirements

If there are spectators:

  • face coverings are required for indoor and outdoor spectators (with some exceptions)

Community centres or multi-purpose facilities

Open

Restrictions:

  • capacity must be limited indoor to the number that can maintain a physical distancing of 2 metres from every other person with limited exemptions (such as for day and overnight camps, child care)
  • indoor or outdoor sports or recreational fitness activities must comply with must comply with restrictions for Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities

Personal trainers

As of September 22, 2021, patrons, with limited exemptions, must provide proof of vaccination to access indoor areas of facilities used for personal fitness training, facilities where spectators watch events, and outdoor areas that have a usual capacity of 20,000 or more persons.

Open

Conditions:

  • the personal trainer must record the name and contact information of every member of the public they are providing services to and actively screen individuals. The covid 19 customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement
  • the personal trainer or sports trainer must have a safety plan with additional requirements

Day camps and overnight camps

Open if they operate in a manner consistent with safety guidelines (PDF) from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Provisions in O. Reg. 364/20 must be followed.

Rental accommodations

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

Open

Conditions:

Short-term rentals and campgrounds

Open

Conditions:

Meeting or event spaces, conference centres, convention centres

As of September 22, 2021, patrons, with limited exemptions, must provide proof of vaccination to access indoor areas of meeting and event space facilities (includes banquet halls, conference and convention centres) and outdoor areas that have a usual capacity of 20,000 or more persons.

Open

Restrictions:

  • Rooms must be separated by a partition with a hard, non-porous surface that can be easily and routinely cleaned and disinfected.
  • the person responsible for the business must record the name and contact information of every member of the public who attends a meeting or event and must actively screen individuals. The covid 19 customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement
  • if covered (i.e., roof, tent, canopy, etc.), an outdoor dining area must have at least two full sides of the dining area or one full side and the roof open and unobstructed
  • certain requirements do not apply if rented for:
    • day camps and overnight camps
    • child care
    • social services
    • court services
    • government operations
    • certain professional sports leagues or associations or for certain international sport events (for example, by organizations funded by Sport Canada or recognized by the Canadian Olympic Committee or the Canadian Paralympic Committee)
  • additional restrictions apply if rented space is used for events that permit patron dancing:
    • the provisions related to food or drink establishments with dance facilities outlined in the regulation (for example, 25% capacity or 250 persons whichever is less) would apply where food or drink is sold or served while dance facilities are provided

Post-secondary institutions

Open

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

Open

Restrictions:

  • indoor capacity in each instructional space limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres up to 50% or 1,000 students, whichever is less
  • 2 metres physical distancing must be maintained indoor, except in situations where teaching cannot be effectively provided if physical distancing is maintained
  • the person responsible for the business must record the name and contact information of every student and  actively screen students. The covid 19 customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement

Real estate

Real estate agencies hosting open houses can now opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements.

Open houses permitted with capacity limited to the number that can maintain a physical distancing of 2 metres from every other person.

In-person driving instruction

Open

Conditions:

  • every person in the vehicle must wear a mask or face covering at all times
  • every student must be actively screened before entering the vehicle. The covid 19 customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement

In-person driving instruction provided in an instructional space must follow the teaching and instruction requirements above.

Marinas and boating clubs

Marinas and boating clubs can now opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements.

Open

Conditions:

Commercial film and television production

As of September 22, 2021, patrons, with limited exemptions, must provide proof of vaccination to access indoor areas where film and TV productions take place with studio audiences, excluding cast and crew members.

Open, including all supporting activities such as hair, makeup and wardrobe.

Conditions:

  • persons who provide hair or makeup services must wear appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • 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
  • the person responsible for the film or television production must ensure that the production operates in accordance with the guidance “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

If there is a studio audience:

  • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

Libraries

Open

Conditions:

  • capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres with limited exemptions (such as for day and overnight camps, child care)

Museums and similar attractions

Museums and similar attractions can now opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements.

Open, including:

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

Conditions:

  • indoor capacity is limited to the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres or 50%, whichever is less
    • capacity for each room is limited to the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres or 50%, whichever is less
  • maximum capacity must be posted
  • indoor amusement rides or tour vehicles must be operated to allow every person to maintain 2 metre physical distancing except when necessary (such as for payment or health and safety)
  • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

If there are events or activities within the attraction:

  • indoor capacity for a seated event or activity limited to 50% of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less
  • reservations are required for indoor events or activities and outdoor seated events or activities
  • any concerts, events, performances or movies must comply with restrictions for Concert venues, theatres and cinemas below

Concert venues, theatres and cinemas

As of September 22, 2021, patrons, with limited exemptions, must provide proof of vaccination to access indoor areas of concert venues, theatres, cinemas and outdoor areas that have a usual capacity of 20,000 or more persons.

Open

Restrictions:

  • mask or face coverings required indoors and outdoors at a concert, event, performance or movie, with limited exceptions
  • reservation required for seated events
  • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

Outdoor drive-in and drive through events

Open

Includes movies, concerts, artistic events, theatrical performances and other performances.

Fairs, rural exhibitions and festivals

Fairs, rural exhibitions and festivals can now opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements.

Open

Restrictions:

  • indoor capacity is limited to the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres or 50%, whichever is less
    • capacity for each particular indoor attraction limited to the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres or 50%, whichever is less
  • maximum capacity must be posted
  • indoor amusement rides or tour vehicles must be operated to allow every person to maintain 2 metre physical distancing except when necessary (such as for payment or health and safety)
  • every person on an indoor amusement ride, other than a water ride, must wear a mask or face covering
  • any concerts, events, performances or movies must comply with restrictions for Concert venues, theatres and cinemas
  • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

Amusement parks and water parks

Amusement parks can now opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements.

Open

Restrictions:

  • indoor capacity limited to the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres or 50%, whichever is less
    • capacity for each particular indoor attraction limited to the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres or 50%, whichever is less
  • maximum capacity must be posted
  • reservations required for indoor events or activities or seated events within the park
  • indoor amusement rides or tour vehicles must be operated to allow every person to maintain 2 metre physical distancing except when necessary (such as for payment or health and safety)
  • every person on an indoor amusement ride, other than a water ride, must wear a mask or face covering
  • any concerts, events, performances or movies must comply with restrictions for Concert venues, theatres and cinemas
  • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

Water Parks

As of September 22, 2021, patrons, with limited exemptions, must provide proof of vaccination to access indoor areas of waterparks.

Open

Restrictions:

  • reservations required for indoor events or activities or seated events within the park
  • any concerts, events, performances or movies must comply with restrictions for Concert venues, theatres and cinemas
  • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

Tour and guide services

Tour and guide services can now opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements.

Open, including:

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

Conditions:

  • the number of people on the indoor portion of the tour must be limited to permit 2 metres physical distancing
  • the person responsible for the business must record the name and contact information of every patron that participates in the tour and actively screen employees and performers. The COVID-19 employee screening tool may be used to meet this requirement.

Boat tours

Boat tours can now opt-in to proof of vaccinationrequirements to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements.

Open

Conditions:

  • capacity limited to the number needed to permit physical distancing of 2 metres while in the indoor portion of the vessel or 50% of the usual maximum number of passengers that can be carried on board, whichever is less
  • maximum capacity must be posted
  • reservations required
  • the person responsible for the business must record the name and contact information of every patron that participates in the tour and actively screen employees and performers. The COVID-19 employee screening tool may be used to meet this requirement.

Horse racing, car racing and other similar venues

As of September 22, 2021, patrons, with limited exemptions, must provide proof of vaccination to access indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks, other similar venues and outdoor areas that have a usual capacity of 20,000 or more persons.

Open

Conditions:

  • reservations required to attend a seated event or activity within the venue or an indoor event or activity
  • mask or face coverings required indoors and outdoors at the venue, with limited exceptions
  • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

Photography studios and services

Photography studios and services can now opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements.

Open

Conditions:

  • indoor capacity limited to the number that can maintain a physical distancing of 2 metres from every other person at the establishment
  • maximum capacity must be posted
  • patrons must be actively screened where services are provided indoors. The covid 19 customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement

Bathhouses and sex clubs

As of September 22, 2021, patrons, with limited exemptions, must provide proof of vaccination to access indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs.

Open

Conditions:

  • capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres up to 25% or 250 persons, whichever is less
  • maximum capacity must be posted
  • the person responsible for the establishment must record the name and contact information of every patron and actively screen individuals before they enter the indoor premises. The covid 19 customer screening tool may be used to meet this requirement
  • physical distancing and masks or face coverings required, with exceptions for when participating in the activities for which patrons normally frequent at such an establishment
  • staff must wear appropriate personal protective equipment
  • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

Strip clubs

As of September 22, 2021, patrons, with limited exemptions, must provide proof of vaccination to access indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs.

Open

Conditions:

  • capacity must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distancing of 2 metres from every other person at the establishment
  • maximum capacity must be posted
  • establishment must be configured so patrons at different tables are 2 metres apart or separated by a barrier
  • performers must maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from patrons
  • business must record the name and contact information of every patron (with limited exceptions) and actively screen individuals before they enter the premises. The covid 19 customer screening tool can be used to meet this requirement
  • physical distancing required with exceptions for patrons sitting at the same table
  • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

Casinos, bingo halls, and gaming establishments

As of September 22, 2021, patrons, with limited exemptions, must provide proof of vaccination to access indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments.

Open

Conditions:

  • no loitering or congregating around tables where games are played
  • patrons must be separated from table game employees by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier
  • general cleaning requirements apply to chips, cards, dice, card holders and other table game equipment
  • business must record the name and contact information of every patron and actively screen individuals. The covid 19 customer screening tool can be used to meet this requirement
  • any concerts, events, performances or movies must comply with conditions for Concert venues, theatres and cinemas
  • any attractions must comply with conditions for Museums and similar attractions
  • business must have a safety plan with additional requirements

Businesses not permitted to open

  • Oxygen bars

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.