COVID-19 public health measures and advice

Find out about the latest public health measures, advice and restrictions in your area as we continue to respond to covid 19. Stay home, stay safe, save lives.

covid 19 measures by region

As of March 8, all regions will be back in the covid 19 response framework.

Check which zone your region is in. Regions are based on public health unit boundaries. Find your public health unit.

Besides the provincial health measures listed on this page, there may also be additional local restrictions or requirements. Find these restrictions on your local municipality or public health unit’s website, which is linked from the map and the table.

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What each zone means

There are different public health and workplace safety measures for businesses and organizations depending on what region you are in.

The following lists include the provincial restrictions most Ontarians need to know. It is not intended to be legal advice or an interpretation of the law. More information is available in the covid 19 response framework: keeping Ontario safe and open.

Schools, child care centres and post-secondary institutions will stay open, as long as it is still safe for students, staff and families. Take the covid 19 school screening to check for symptoms of illness before going to school.

  • Green – Prevent

    Standard measures: Capacity limits in various public settings where people gather. Highest-risk settings stay closed.

    Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you don’t live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces and avoid non-essential travel.

    Gatherings and close contact

    Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else.

    If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.

    Events and social gatherings in private homes, backyards or parks (for example, barbeques):

    • Indoors: 10 people
    • Outside: 25 people

    Organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities (for example, event spaces):

    • Indoors: 50 people
    • Outside: 100 people

    Religious, wedding and funeral services:

    • Indoors: 30% capacity
    • Outside: 100 people

    Rules for all businesses

    All open businesses must:

    • screen employees (use the covid 19 Screening Tool for Workplaces)
    • limit capacity so guests can stay at least 2 metres apart
    • make sure anyone indoors wears a mask or face covering, including workers who have to come within 2 metres of anyone else (with some exceptions)
    • make sure workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects their eyes, nose and mouth when they have to come within 2 metres of anyone who is not wearing a mask or face covering or separated by plexiglass
    • clean and disinfect often-touched surfaces, such as equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers frequently
    • manage line ups to make sure customers are at least two metres apart wearing face coverings or masks
    • create a safety plan, post it in a place where workers and patrons will see it  and have it available upon request (for example, to inspectors or law enforcement officers)

    Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

    Guests must:

    • sit with at least 2 metres between tables
    • wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)
    • give their name and contact information (one per party)
    • wear a mask or face covering and keep 2 metres apart when lining up

    Not allowed:

    • Buffets

    Sports and recreational fitness facilities

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors:
      • 50 people per class
      • 50 people in areas with weights or exercise equipment
      • 50 spectators
    • Outside:
      • 100 people
      • 100 spectators

    Capacity limits apply per room if the establishment follows Guidance for facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities during covid 19

    Team and individual sport must:

    • be modified to avoid physical contact
    • have a maximum of 50 people per league

    Outdoor ski, ice and snow recreational amenities open for recreational purposes.

    Everyone must always wear masks or face coverings except when exercising or playing sports (with some exceptions).

    Meeting and event spaces

    Capacity limits:

    Not allowed:

    • Booking multiple rooms for the same event

    Stores

    Fitting rooms cannot be right next to each other.

    Guests must wear a mask or face covering (with some exceptions) and keep 2 metres apart inside and when lining up and gathering outside.

    Personal care services

    Closed:

    • Oxygen bars
    • Steam rooms
    • Saunas

    Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

    Capacity limits:

    • 50 people

    Not allowed:

    • Table games (for example, poker, blackjack, roulette)

    Cinemas

    Capacity limits:

    Everyone must always wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions).

    Performing arts facilities

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors: 50 spectators per facility
    • Outside: 100 spectators per facility

    There must be a barrier (for example, plexiglass) between singers and wind- or brass-instrument players and audience members.

  • Yellow – Protect

    Strengthened measures: Stronger targeted enforcement, fines and more education to limit the spread. Public health measures for high-risk settings.

    Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you don’t live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces and avoid non-essential travel.

    Gatherings and close contact

    Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else.

    If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.

    Events and social gatherings in private homes, backyards or parks (for example, barbeques):

    • Indoors: 10 people
    • Outside: 25 people

    Organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities (for example, event spaces):

    • Indoors: 50 people
    • Outside: 100 people

    Religious, wedding and funeral services:

    • Indoors: 30% capacity
    • Outside: 100 people

    Rules for all businesses

    All open businesses must:

    • screen employees (use the covid 19 Screening Tool for Workplaces)
    • post signs at all entrances informing people how to screen themselves for covid 19 before entry
    • limit capacity so guests can stay at least 2 metres apart
    • make sure anyone indoors wears a mask or face covering, including workers who have to come within 2 metres of anyone else (with some exceptions)
    • make sure workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects the eyes, nose and mouth when they must come within 2 metres of anyone who is not wearing a mask or face covering or separated by plexiglass
    • clean and disinfect often-touched surfaces, such as equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers frequently
    • manage line ups to make sure customers are at least two metres apart wearing face coverings or masks
    • create a safety plan, post it in a place where workers and patrons will see it and have it available upon request (for example, to inspectors or law enforcement officers)

    Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

    Guests must:

    • sit with at least 2 metres between tables
    • wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)
    • wear a mask or face covering and keep 2 metres apart when lining up
    • give their name and contact information

    Time restrictions:

    • Establishments must close by midnight
    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 11 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after midnight

    Not allowed:

    • Buffets
    • More than 6 people per table

    Sports and recreational fitness facilities

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors:
      • 10 people per class
      • 50 people in areas with weights or exercise equipment
      • 50 spectators
    • Outside:
      • 25 people per class
      • 100 spectators

    Capacity limits apply per room if the facility follows Guidance for facilities for Sport and Recreational Fitness Activities During covid 19.

    Everyone must:

    • always wear masks or face coverings except when exercising or playing sports (with some exceptions)
    • stay 3 metres apart in classes or areas with weights or exercise equipment and 2 metres apart everywhere else
    • make reservations (only one required per team)
    • give their name and contact information

    Team and individual sports must:

    • be modified to avoid physical contact

    Some exemptions apply for high-performance athletes and parasports.

    Outdoor ski, ice and snow recreational amenities open for recreational purposes.

    Meeting and event spaces

    Capacity limits:

    Guests must give their name and contact information.

    Not allowed:

    • Booking multiple rooms for the same event

    Time restrictions:

    • Establishments must close by midnight
    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 11 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after midnight

    Stores

    Fitting rooms cannot be right next to each other.

    Guests must wear a mark or face covering and stay at least 2 metres apart inside and when lining up and gathering outside.

    Personal care services

    Closed:

    • Oxygen bars
    • Steam rooms
    • Saunas

    Guests must give their name and contact information.

    Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

    Capacity limits:

    • 50 people

    Guests must give their name and contact information.

    Not allowed:

    • Table games (for example, poker, blackjack, roulette)

    Time restrictions:

    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 11 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after midnight

    Cinemas

    Capacity limits:

    Time restrictions:

    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 11 p.m.
    • No once can drink alcohol after midnight

    Everyone must:

    • Always wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)
    • Give their name and contact information

    Performing arts facilities

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors: 50 spectators per facility
    • Outside: 100 spectators per facility

    Guests must give their name and contact information.

    There must be a barrier (for example, plexiglass) between singers and wind- or brass-instrument players and audience members.

    Time restrictions:

    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 11 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after midnight
  • Orange – Restrict

    Intermediate measures: Stronger actions, restrictions and enforcement while avoiding closures.

    Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you don’t live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces and avoid non-essential travel.

    Gatherings and close contact

    Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else.

    If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.

    Events and social gatherings in private homes, backyards or parks (for example, barbeques):

    • Indoors: 10 people
    • Outside: 25 people

    Organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities (for example, event spaces):

    • Indoors: 50 people
    • Outside: 100 people

    Religious, wedding and funeral services:

    • Indoors: 30% capacity
    • Outside: 100 people

    Rules for all businesses

    All open businesses must:

    • screen employees (use the covid 19 Screening Tool for Workplaces)
    • post signs at all entrances informing people how to screen themselves for covid 19 before entry
    • limit capacity so guests can stay at least 2 metres apart
    • make sure anyone indoors wears a mask or face covering, including workers who have to come within 2 metres of anyone else (with some exceptions)
    • make sure workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects the eyes, nose and mouth when they must come within 2 metres of anyone who is not wearing a mask or face covering or separated by plexiglass
    • clean and disinfect often-touched surfaces, such as equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers frequently
    • manage line ups to make sure customers are at least two metres apart wearing face coverings or masks
    • create a safety plan, post it in a place where workers and patrons will see it and have it available upon request (for example, to inspectors or law enforcement officers)

    Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

    Capacity limits:

    • 50 people indoors
    • 4 people per table

    Guests must:

    • sit with at least 2 metres between tables
    • wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)
    • wear a mask or face covering and keep 2 metres apart when lining up and gathering outside
    • give their name and contact information

    Time restrictions:

    • Establishments must close by 10 p.m.
    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.

    Not allowed:

    • Buffets

    Sports and recreational fitness facilities

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors:
      • 10 people per class
      • 50 people in areas with weights and exercise machines
    • Outside:
      • 25 per class
    • No spectators, except for one parent or guardian per child

    Everyone must:

    • always wear masks or face coverings except when exercising (with some exceptions)
    • stay 3 metres apart in classes or areas with weights or exercise equipment and 2 metres apart everywhere else
    • make reservations (only one required per team)
    • give their name and contact information

    Team and individual sports must:

    • be modified to avoid physical contact
    • have a maximum of 50 people per league

    Time restrictions

    • 90-minute time limit for classes and working out (does not apply for sports)

    Some exemptions apply for high-performance athletes and parasports.

    Outdoor ski, ice and snow recreational amenities open for recreational purposes.

    Meeting and event spaces

    Capacity limits:

    Guests must:

    • give their name and contact information

    Not allowed:

    • Booking multiple rooms for the same event

    Time restrictions:

    • Establishments must close by 10 p.m.
    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.

    Stores

    Fitting rooms cannot be right next to each other.

    Guests must:

    • wear a mask or face covering (with some exceptions) and keep at least 2 metres apart inside and when lining up and gathering outside
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come into malls

    Personal care services

    Closed:

    • Oxygen bars
    • Steam rooms
    • Saunas
    • Sensory deprivation pods (except for therapeutic purposes)
    • Bath houses
    • Other adult venues

    Guests must:

    • give their name and contact information

    Not allowed:

    • Services that need guests to remove their mask or face covering

    Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

    Capacity limits:

    • 50 people total

    Not allowed:

    • Table games (for example, poker, blackjack, roulette)

    Guests must:

    • give their name and contact information
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come in

    Time restrictions:

    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.

    Cinemas

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors: 50 people total
    • Outside: 100 people total

    Time restrictions:

    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No once can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.

    Everyone must:

    • always wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)
    • give their name and contact information

    Performing arts facilities

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors: 50 spectators total
    • Outside: 100 spectators total
    • Guests must give their name and contact information

    There must be a barrier (for example, plexiglass) between singers and wind- or brass-instrument players and audience members.

    Time restrictions:

    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.
  • Red – Control

    Stringent measures: Broader-scale actions and restrictions across multiple sectors to control the spread. Restrictions are the most severe available before widescale business or organizational closings.

    Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you don’t live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces and avoid non-essential travel.

    Gatherings and close contact

    Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else.

    Do not visit any other household or allow visitors in your home. If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.

    All events and social gatherings:

    • Indoors: 5 people
    • Outside: 25 people

    Religious, wedding and funeral services:

    • Indoors: 30% capacity
    • Outdoors: 100 people

    Only go out for essential reasons, such as:

    • work
    • school
    • groceries
    • pharmacy
    • health care
    • helping vulnerable people
    • exercise and physical activity

    Work remotely, where possible.

    Rules for all businesses

    All open businesses must:

    • screen employees and customers (use the covid 19 Screening Tool for Workplaces)
    • post signs at all entrances informing people how to screen themselves for covid 19 before entry
    • limit capacity so guests can stay at least 2 metres apart
    • make sure anyone indoors wears a mask or face covering, including workers who have to come within 2 metres of anyone else (with some exceptions)
    • make sure workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects their eyes, nose and mouth when they must come within 2 metres of anyone who is not wearing a mask or face covering or separated by plexiglass
    • clean and disinfect often-touched surfaces, such as equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers frequently
    • manage line ups to make sure customers are at least two metres apart wearing face coverings or masks
    • create a safety plan, post it in a place where workers and patrons will see it and have it available upon request (for example, to inspectors or law enforcement officers)

    Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors: 10 people total
    • 4 people per table

    Guests must:

    • sit with at least 2 metres between tables
    • wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)
    • wear a mask or face covering and keep 2 metres apart when lining up and gathering outside
    • give their name and contact information

    Not allowed:

    • Buffets
    • Dancing
    • Singing
    • Live music performance
    • Strip clubs (can only operate as a restaurant or bar)

    Time restrictions:

    • Establishments must close by 10 p.m.
    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.

    Sports and recreational fitness facilities

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors:
      • 10 people in classes
      • 10 people in areas with weights or exercise equipment
    • Outside: 25 people in classes
    • No spectators, except for one parent or guardian per child

    Team sports:

    • must not be practiced or played except for training (no games or scrimmage)
    • must keep 2 metres physical distance, no contact permitted

    Everyone must:

    • always wear a mask or face covering except when exercising (with some exceptions)
    • stay 3 metres apart in classes or areas with weights or exercise equipment and 2 metres apart everywhere else
    • make reservations (only one required per team)
    • give their name and contact information

    Time restrictions:

    • 90-minute time limit for classes and working out (does not apply for sports)

    Some exemptions apply for high-performance athletes and parasports.

    Outdoor ski, ice and snow recreational amenities open for recreational purposes.

    Meeting and event spaces

    Capacity limits:

    Not allowed:

    • Booking multiple rooms for the same event

    Guests must:

    • give their name and contact information
    • wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)

    Time restrictions:

    • Establishments must close by 10 p.m.
    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.

    Stores

    Capacity limits:

    • supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies: 75%
    • all other retail (includes discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores, garden centres): 50%

    Fitting rooms cannot be right next to each other.

    Guests must:

    • wear a mask or face covering (with some exceptions) and keep at least 2 metres apart inside and when lining up and gathering outside
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come into malls

    Personal care services

    Closed:

    • Oxygen bars
    • Steam rooms
    • Saunas
    • Sensory deprivation pods (except for therapeutic purposes)
    • Bath houses
    • Other adult venues

    Guests must:

    • give their name and contact information

    Not allowed:

    • services that need guests to remove their mask or face covering

    Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors: 10 people total
    • Outside: 25 people total

    Not allowed:

    • Table games (for example, poker, blackjack, roulette)

    Guests must:

    • wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)
    • give their name and contact information

    Time restrictions:

    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.

    Cinemas

    Closed (with some exceptions)

    Only drive-ins allowed.

    Performing arts facilities

    No audiences allowed.

    Rehearsing, recording or broadcasting an event or performance is allowed (for example, streaming a performance to an online audience).

    Everyone must stay 2 metres away from each other, except when needed for the performance.

    There must be a barrier (for example, plexiglass) between singers and wind- or brass-instrument players and other performers.

  • Grey – Lockdown

    Maximum measures: Widescale actions and restrictions, including closures, to stop or slow the spread. We will consider declaring a state of emergency.

    Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you don’t live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces and avoid non-essential travel.

    Gatherings and close contact

    It is illegal to gather indoors with anyone you do not live with.

    You must limit contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else.

    Do not visit any other household or allow visitors in your home.

    If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.

    All events and social gatherings:

    • Indoors: not allowed, except with members of your household (or one other household if you live alone)
    • Outside: 10 people

    Religious, wedding and funeral services:

    • Indoors: 10 capacity
    • Outside: 10 people

    Only go out for essential reasons, such as:

    • work
    • school
    • groceries
    • pharmacy
    • health care
    • helping vulnerable people
    • exercise and physical activity

    Work remotely, where possible.

    Rules for all businesses

    All open businesses must:

    • screen employees (use the covid 19 Screening Tool for Workplaces)
    • post signs at all entrances informing people how to screen themselves for covid 19 before entry
    • limit capacity so guests can stay at least 2 metres apart
    • make sure anyone indoors wears a mask or face covering, including workers who have to come within 2 metres of anyone else (with some exceptions)
    • make sure workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects their eyes, nose and mouth when they have to come within 2 metres of anyone who is not wearing a mask or face covering or separated by plexiglass
    • clean and disinfect often-touched surfaces, such as equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers frequently
    • manage line ups to make sure customers are at least two metres apart and wearing face coverings or masks
    • create a safety plan, post it in a place where workers and patrons will see it and have it available upon request (for example, to inspectors or law enforcement officers)

    Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

    Services available:

    • Take-out
    • Drive-through
    • Delivery service

    Closed:

    • All indoor and outdoor service

    Sports and recreational fitness facilities

    Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities closed (limited exceptions, for example, day camps and child care).

    Outdoor ski, ice and snow recreational amenities open for recreational purposes.

    Meeting and event spaces

    Closed for meetings and events (limited exceptions, for example child care, mental health and addiction support services).

    Stores

    In-person shopping available

    Capacity limits:

    • supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies: 50%
    • all other retail (includes discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores, garden centres): 25%

    Fitting rooms cannot be right next to each other.

    Guests must:

    • wear a mask or face covering (with some exceptions) and keep at least 2 metres apart inside and when lining up and gathering outside
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come into malls

    Personal care services

    Closed

    Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

    Closed

    Cinemas

    Only drive-ins allowed.

    Performing arts facilities

    No audiences allowed.

    Rehearsing, recording or broadcasting an event or performance is allowed (for example, streaming a performance to an online audience).

    Everyone must stay 2 metres away from each other, except when needed for the performance.

    There must be a barrier (for example, plexiglass) between singers and wind- or brass-instrument players and other performers.

How we decide on the levels

The five levels are set out in the covid 19 response framework: keeping Ontario safe and open.

It includes targeted, preventative public health measures and restrictions that we can introduce and remove incrementally for each region, based on case data and predetermined indicators. This allows us to respond to the changes in covid 19 case data in your region or community.

Each week, we will review the data in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health and other health experts and decide if we need to make any changes to the levels regions are in. Changes are confirmed and announced by the province on Fridays and become effective the following Monday.

Public health regions will stay in their level for at least two weeks. The government will then assess the impact of public health and workplace safety measures to determine if the region should stay where they are or be moved to a different level.