Here’s what you can and can’t do under Ontario’s current COVID-19 restrictions


Ontario is again ramping up restrictions due to the spread of COVID-19, returning to a modified second stage of its pandemic reopening plan.

The final details were shared in a press release on January 3.

Thanks to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, Ontarians again have to live with stricter rules from 12:01 a.m. Jan. 5 until at least Jan. 27.

Remember that masks are mandatory at indoor venues and at all outdoor events where physical distancing of at least 2m cannot be maintained.

Analyzing what is allowed each time Ontario enters a new stage of its reopening plan can be confusing. To put it simply, here are the things you are now allowed to do outside your home. The rules vary depending on the activity, so always check them before you go.

What types of outdoor activities are allowed?

The latest restrictions allow outdoor social gatherings of up to 10 people.

Outdoor weddings, funerals and religious services, rites and ceremonies are limited to the number of people who can stand at least 2m apart. Social gatherings related to these events, such as receptions, are subject to the social gathering limit of no more than 10 people outdoors.

Outdoor bar and restaurant dining is permitted, with restrictions including a maximum of 10 people per table.

Outdoor attractions, including zoos, monuments, historic sites, amusement parks, festivals and botanical gardens, can open at 50% capacity. Events held at large outdoor venues, such as stadiums, are also allowed to operate halfway, among other restrictions.

Boat trips are also allowed at 50% capacity.

Outdoor fitness classes and recreational activities are permitted with as many participants as possible to maintain physical distancing.

What about indoor activities, events and services?

Indoor social gatherings are limited to five people.

Weddings, funerals and religious services, rites and ceremonies are limited to 50% of the room capacity. Social gatherings related to these events, such as receptions, are subject to the indoor gathering limit of five people.

Bars and restaurants are closed for indoor dining, but outdoor dining (with restrictions), delivery, drive-thru and take-out are permitted.

Personal care services are allowed at 50% capacity, among other restrictions.

Public libraries are limited to 50% capacity.

Indoor sports and fitness facilities are closed except for some elite athletes.

Indoor museums, galleries, historic sites, aquariums, zoos, monuments, botanical gardens, science centers, casinos, bingo halls, amusement parks, fairs, rural exhibits and festivals are closed.

Indoor sporting events, concerts, theaters, cinemas, casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments are closed.

Can people visit their cabins and second homes?

Yes, Ontarians can visit second homes without time restrictions.

How about renting a chalet or a hotel room?

Ontarians can stay in hotels, motels, lodges, resorts, student residences and short-term rentals, including cabins and cabins.

What are the retail rules?

Retail stores and malls can run halfway. In malls, physical distancing is required in queues, loitering is not permitted and food courts must be closed.


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