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Ontario Moves to Next Step of Reopening on February 17th

Ontario Moves to Next Step of Reopening on February 17th

Premier Doug Ford announced that as of February 17th at 12:01am, Ontario will move to its next step of reopening and ease certain public health measures.  

Effective February 17, 2022: 

  • Social gathering limits of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors 

  • Organized public event limits of 50 people indoors, with no limit outdoors 

  • Removing capacity limits in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including but not limited to: 

  • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities; 

  • Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms; 

  • Cinemas; 

  • Meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres; 

  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments; and 

  • Indoor areas of settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements. 

  • 50% of the usual seating capacity at sports arenas, concert venues, and theatres 

  • 25% indoor capacity limit in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including nightclubs, restaurants where there is dancing, as well as bathhouses and sex clubs 

  • Capacity limits for indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites, or ceremonies to the number of people who can maintain 2 metres of physical distance. 

  • Capacity limits are removed if the location opts-in to use proof of vaccination or if the service, rite, or ceremony is occurring outdoors. 

  • Capacity limits in other indoor public settings, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, retail and shopping malls, will be maintained at, or increased to, the number of people who can maintain 2 metres of physical distance. 

Effective March 1, 2022 

If public health and health system indicators continue to improve, Ontario will lift capacity limits in all remaining indoor public settings and lift proof of vaccination requirements for all settings at this time. Businesses and other settings may choose to continue to require proof of vaccination. Masking requirements will remain in place at this time. 

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 February 14, 2022