Current Level: Step 3 and Exit of the Roadmap to Reopen

Reopening Ontario step 3 and exit from roadmap to reopen

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 as part of the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

This plan outlines the province’s approach to lifting the remaining public health and workplace safety measures. 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.


Rules for Step 3 and the Roadmap Exit

A summary of the Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Step can be found below, with full details in Ontario Regulation 364/20.

  • In order to access certain public settings and facilities, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated, and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID. See the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccine Certificates page for details.
  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events can have up to 100 people.
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events can have up to 25 people.
  • Essential and non-essential retail has capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres.
  • Capacity limits have been removed in the following settings where proof of vaccination is required:
    • Restaurants and bars.
    • Sports and recreational fitness facilities (e.g. gyms), waterparks, physical fitness training.
    • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments.
    • Indoor meeting and event spaces.
    • Certain outdoor spaces.
  • Certain other settings can remove capacity limits and physical distancing requirements if they voluntarily opt-in to the vaccine certificate program and require proof of vaccination. Settings for this voluntary implementation include but are not limited to:
    • Locations where a wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony takes place.
    • Personal service settings (e.g. salons, barber shops, etc.).
    • Indoor areas or museums, galleries, and other attractions, amusement parks, fairs, festivals, etc.
    • Indoor clubhouses at outdoor recreational amenities.
    • Indoor tour and guide services, boat tours, and indoor areas of marinas and boating clubs.
    • Open house events provided by real estate agencies.
    • Indoor areas of photography studios and services.
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, are subject to a maximum capacity of 25 per cent, or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

In the absence of concerning trends, public health and workplace safety measures will be lifted based on the following proposed timeline:

Paused out of an abundance of caution as the province monitors public health trends:

  • Capacity limits will be removed in high-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including:
    • Food and drink establishments with dance facilities (e.g. night clubs, wedding receptions in meeting/event spaces where there is dancing)
    • Strip clubs
    • Bathhouses and sex clubs

Winter 2021/22:

  • In the absence of concerning trends, directives and capacity limits in settings where proof of vaccination is not required will gradually be lifted.
  • Vaccine certificate requirements will also gradually be lifted in a staged approach starting January 17 through March 28, 2022, though businesses and organization may continue to require proof of vaccination after legal requirements are lifted.

March 28, 2022 and onwards:

  • All remaining public health and workplace safety measures in businesses and organizations will be lifted, including masking.
  • The public health Emergency Orders under the Reopening Ontario Act will be revoked.
  • Guidance for specific settings will be release as appropriate.


For More Information

Ontario Regulation 364/20

COVID-19 and the Workplace: Information for Specific Sectors - TBDHU

Last Updated: 23/11/2021