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Provincial and City rules

Update - Friday, June 11

  • The Province of Ontario has put in place Step One of three-step reopening roadmap.
  • The minimum duration of this first step of three-step plan is 21 days.
  • In order to reach Step Two of the Reopening Plan:
    • 70 per cent of Ontario’s adult population must have at least one dose of vaccine and 20 per cent must be fully vaccinated.
    • Positive trends in public-health and health-system indicators must be maintained.
  • Outdoor gathering restriction will be increased to 10 – including those from other households.
  • Visit the Ontario government website for details on Step One and the entire reopening plan at


Face masks

Masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces. Masks are mandatory in the common areas of condominium and apartment buildings. You also need to wear a mask while on the O-Train, OC Transpo buses, taxis and private transportation vehicles. Full details can be found in the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law.


Social gatherings

Step One still makes it illegal to gather indoors with anyone you do not live with.

Do not visit any other household or allow visitors in your home. For those who are living alone, it is permitted to have close contact with one additional household.

Outdoor gathering restrictions increased to 10 people – which now includes people outside of your household. People must maintain two metres from others and wear a mask when physical distancing becomes difficult

Screening requirements

Effective April 3, the person responsible for a business or organization that is open is required to:

  • post signs at all entrances to the premises of the business or organization, in a conspicuous location visible to the public, that inform individuals how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premises
  • actively screening every person who works at the business or organization before they enter the premises of the business or organization

Restaurants, bars, meeting and event spaces

Under Step One, indoor food and drink service is not permitted.


  • Outdoor dining with a restriction of four per table
  • Take out
  • Delivery
  • Drive throughs

On outdoor patios, patrons must remain seated at their tables unless they are exiting the location, leaving to use the washroom facilities, ordering or paying for their food and beverage.

Parks and sports fields

Under Step One of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopening, many outdoor recreation amenities can reopen, including:

  • Basketball courts
  • Outdoor swimming pools
  • Wading pools
  • Beach supervised swimming
  • Tennis and pickleball courts
  • Sports fields
  • Skate and bike parks
  • Golf courses
  • Splash pads

Step One increases the outdoor gathering restriction to 10 people – including those from other households.

Sports, exercise classes and gyms

Under Step One, indoor gyms, recreation and fitness centres are closed

Outdoor sporting activities:

Not permitted

  • No team or group sports play or scrimmages.

Permitted – restricted up to 10 people only (excluding coach or instructor)

  • Personal training,
  • Fitness class
  • Sport training

Religious services, weddings and funerals

  • indoor religious services, rites and ceremonies including weddings and funerals at 15 per cent capacity of the room
  • Outdoor capacity will be based on the ability for people to maintain proper two-metre physical distancing.


For a comprehensive list of regulations around retail businesses, visit the province’s COVID-19 public health measures and restrictions web page.

  • Essential retailers – such as grocery stores, convenient stores, wine and liquor stores, pharmacies and safety supply stores – can increase capacity to 25 per cent
  • Essential retailers – like discount and big box stores – can also increase capacity to 25 per cent and sell non-essential items.
  • Non-essential retailers may reopen with 15 per cent capacity
  • Malls remain closed and mall non-essential retailers may reopen if they have street-facing entrance.
  • Retail businesses generally must close between 8 pm and 7 am, with the exception of convenience stores, pharmacies and stores selling groceries
  • Motor/recreational vehicle sales permitted to be open for in-person shopping by appointment only and other restrictions
  • Outdoor markets, including farmer’s markets and holiday markets, permitted with restrictions

Retail outlets in malls permitted to be open for pick-up or delivery (in-person retail shopping not permitted)

  • Access to shopping malls for limited purposes, including access to businesses and organizations permitted to be open (for example, pharmacy, dentist); food court open for take-away; malls may also establish designated pick-up points inside or adjacent to the mall

Personal care services

Personal care services cannot reopen in Step One.


Cinemas cannot reopen in Step One.

Performing arts facilities

  • Under Step One, indoor performing arts facilities are not permitted to open.

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Casino and bingo halls cannot reopen in Step One.

Other activities and outdoor amenities

Permitted under Step One

  • Outdoor zoos, landmarks, historic sites, and botanical gardens with capacity limits
  • Campsites, campgrounds and short-term rentals
  • Overnight camping at Ontario Parks
  • Children’s Day Camps
  • Horse riding
  • Horse racing tracks and motor speedways can operate without spectators


Bridges, ferries and interprovincial crossings

The Ontario-Quebec border restrictions will be lifted on Wednesday, June 16 at 12:01 am.

Parking enforcement during COVID-19

Motorists should continue to follow all posted signage when parking and insert payment when utilizing pay and display zones.

Regular parking enforcement operations in residential areas have resumed.

Parking limits in unsigned areas are three hours, Monday to Friday, between 7 am and 7 pm, and six hours on weekends and statutory holidays, between 7 am and 7 pm.

Enforcement of overtime parking on streets without posted signs will only occur on a complaint basis.

Parking enforcement ensures safety, traffic flow, emergency vehicle access and parking space availability as services begin to reopen and normal traffic patterns resume. It is also necessary to resume the enforcement of overtime parking on residential streets in preparation for snow clearing operations during the winter months.