Ontario has announced that COVID-19 restrictions will remain in place when Ontario’s Stay-at-Home order expires on June 2, 2021.
Ontarians will be able to leave home to travel within the province to a secondary residence for any reason, however, they are not be permitted to host members of another household indoors except for a person from another household who lives alone or a caregiver.
However, all other existing measures will remain in place provincewide, including restrictions on gatherings, businesses, services and activities.
This includes limiting indoor gatherings to households only and outdoor gatherings to up to five people, subject to limited exceptions, maintaining a cap of 25 per cent capacity for essential retail where only certain goods are permitted to be sold, restricting non-essential retail to curbside pickup and delivery only, as well as limiting short-term rentals to individuals in need of housing and allowing Ontario Parks and campgrounds on public lands to be used for day-use only.
Ontario unveiled a three-step reopening plan on May 20th that will lift public health restrictions based on vaccination rates and other indicators starting in mid-June.
Update: Step 1 starts on June 11th.
What is Allowed Prior to Step 1
- Maximum 5 people for outdoor gatherings
- Indoor public events and social gatherings are prohibited, except for those in the same household. People who live alone can be in close contact with one other household.
- Weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies:10 people indoors or outdoors.
- Social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, will be prohibited except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone.
- Drive-in services will be permitted.
- Ontarians will be able to leave home to travel within the province to a secondary residence for any reason.
- Essential retail are allowed at 25% capacity. Restrictions on shopping malls will remain.
- Other restrictions apply to some essential retailers (for example, restricted hours, appointments required)
- In-store shopping at discount and big box retailers limited to essential goods
- Curbside pick-up or delivery for non-essential retail
- Liquor stores – open at 25% capacity, with restricted hours
- Garden centres – Openat 25% capacity.
Restaurants and bars
- Open for take-out, drive-through and delivery service
Personal care services
Sports and recreational fitness facilities
- Closed for indoor use except for high-performance athletes, child care, mental health and addiction support services, social services, and physical therapy (subject to conditions)
Personal fitness and training
- Closed – no indoor or outdoor sports or recreational classes at any indoor or outdoor sport and recreational facilities
Outdoor recreational amenities
- Open, including golf courses, tennis courts, skateboarding parks, sports fields, BMX and skate parks, shooting ranges and archery ranges, and others, with restrictions
- Horse riding permitted, with restrictions
- No outdoor sports or recreational classes are permitted
- Water features – Outdoor splash pads and spray pads are open
Ontario Parks and campgrounds
- Ontario Parks open for day use
- Overnight only open for individuals in need of housing or with full seasonal contracts; only sites with electricity, water and sewage facilities may be provided for use
- All recreational and shared facilities (for example, washrooms) are closed
Marinas and boating clubs
- Open with limited services including, repairs or servicing of boats, placing boats in water, and enabling individuals’ access to their residence or property
- Recreational boating permitted but only members of a household can gather on a boat
- Clubhouse, recreational facilities closed; restaurants open for take-out only
Hotels, motels, lodges, resorts and other shared rental accommodation
- Open. Indoor pools, communal steam rooms, saunas or whirlpools, indoor fitness centres, or other indoor recreational facilities closed
Drive-in and drive-through events
Meeting and event spaces
- Closed with exceptions for certain purposes including social services, government operations, court services, in-person examinations for select professions (subject to conditions)
Day and Overnight camps
Commercial film and TV production
- Open with no audience
- No more than 50 performers on set
- Distance or equipment requirements for crew, hair and makeup services, and musicians
- Must comply with industry guidance
- Post-production, visual effects, animation studios open
Casino, bingo halls and gaming establishments
- Training only
- No members of the public permitted at the facility
Motorsports and speedways
- Curbside pickups for materials
- Access to computers, photocopiers, and similar services permitted
Museums and attractions
- Zoos and aquariums open to care for animals
Tour and guide services (for example, boat tours)
- Open with some limitations to commercial projects
Driving instruction and testing
- Not permitted, except for drivers of commercial vehicles
Pet grooming, animal shelters, stables, pet sitters, pet walkers, pet trainers
Lawn care and landscaping services
- Permitted to operate as a restaurant in alignment with restaurant restrictions
- Open to support children, seniors or vulnerable persons
Photography studios and services
Community centres and multi-purpose facilities
- Open for social services, child care, mental health support services or addictions support services, with restrictions
Real estate open houses
- Showings by appointment only
In-person teaching and instruction
Health and safety training
- Indoor: 10 person limit