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    Ontario Step 3 Rules and Regulations: Reopening on 12:01am on Friday, July 16, 2021 see more


    "TIAO is delighted with the decision by the Ontario government to enter Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen plan on July 16. Thanks to Ontarians getting vaccinated, the incredible work of our health care professionals and measures in place to reduce transmission, it will mean many of our members will be able to reopen and/or expand their operations indoors for the first time in many months.

    This will mean vital revenues for these businesses after a torrid sixteen months and allow Ontarians to go back to the jobs they love and visitors will once again be able to enjoy what our incredible province has to offer.

    But we also have a new and exciting challenge, that if we can reach 80% of Ontarians having at least one dose and 75% being fully vaccinated the vast majority of public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity limits for indoor and outdoor settings and limits for social gatherings, will be lifted.

    TIAO would like to thank our partners and specifically, Minister Lisa MacLeod, for their steadfast support, commitment to dialogue and sheer hard work to make this happen. We must remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19, but today’s news has been hard-earned and we’re all excited about what the next few weeks could hold."

    -Chris Bloore, President and CEO, TIAO


    Ontario Step 3 Rules and Regulations: Reopening on 12:01am on Friday, July 16, 2021 

    The Ministry of Health is proposing amendments to O Reg. 364/20 to set out the public health and workplace safety measures for step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen. This includes but is not limited to (all with additional restrictions): 


    Social Gatherings & Organized Public Events 

    • Max 25 people indoors 

    • Max 100 people outdoors 

    Restaurants, bars, food trucks, and other food or drink establishments 

    • Indoor and outdoor capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance  

    • No limit on number of patrons seated at the same table 

    Food and drink establishments with dance floors (including night clubs and resto bars) 

    • Limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance with a maximum capacity of 25%, up to 250 people indoors 

    • Maximum capacity of 75%, up to 5,000 outdoors  

    • No limits to the number of patrons per table 

    • Physical distancing is not-required for patrons when dancing 

    Retail Stores 

    • Essential and non-essential retail limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance 

    Wedding, funeral or religious service, rite, or ceremony 

    • For the ceremony itself:  

    • Capacity is limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres physical distance  

    • For social gatherings associated with the ceremony (e.g., receptions): 

    • Maximum 25 people indoors  

    • Maximum 100 people outdoors 

    Indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces 

    • Capacity is limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres physical distance  

    • Maximum 50% capacity up to 1,000 people indoors 

    • Maximum 75% capacity up to 5,000 people outdoors 

    Facilities used for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities 

    • Maximum 50% capacity for indoor facilities  

    • Personal trainers and sports trainers permitted with physical distancing and other restrictions  

    • Spectators limited to 50% of the indoor seating capacity for up to 1,000 people; masks are required   

    • Spectators limited to 75% of outdoor seating capacity for up to 15,000 people, and other restrictions; masks are required except for members of the same household seated together  

    • Sports permitted without restrictions on contact 

    Day and overnight camps 

    Hotels, motels, and short-term rentals 

    • Permitted to open 

    • On-premise indoor fitness or indoor recreational facilities permitted to open with maximum 50% capacity limit 


    • Permitted to open 

    • On-premise indoor fitness or indoor recreational facilities permitted to open with maximum 50% capacity limit 

    Museums, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, gardens, and similar attractions 

    • Permitted to operate with: 

    • Indoor capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres’ physical distance, with a maximum capacity of 50%  

    • Maximum 75% capacity outdoors 

    Concert venues, cinemas, and theatres 

    • Maximum 50% seated capacity indoors, up to 1000 people 

    • Reservations are required for attendance 

    • An outdoor seated concert, event, or performance or movie within a concert venue, theatre or cinema is permitted to operate at a maximum capacity of: 

    • Maximum 75% capacity outdoors, or up to 15,000 people (seated) 

    • Maximum 75% capacity outdoors, or 5000 people (non-seated) 

    • Masks must be worn both indoor and outdoor unless you are with people from your household or you are seated at least 2 meters away from every person outside your household 

    • Reservations are required for attendance 

    Amusement parks and waterparks 

    • Maximum capacity of 75% outdoors 

    • Indoor areas are limited to the number of people that can maintain physical distance of 2 metres, with a maximum of 50%  

    • Reservations required for indoor events or activities, or outdoor seated events 

    Casinos, bingo halls, and gaming establishments 

    • Capacity is limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres physical distance  

    • Maximum 50% capacity indoors 

    Horse racing venues 

    • Maximum 50% capacity indoors, up to 1000 people (seated) 

    • Maximum 75% capacity outdoors, up to 15,000 people (seated) 

    • Maximum 75% capacity outdoors, up to 5,000 people (non-seated) 

    • Reservations required for indoor events or activities, and outdoor seated events 

    Boat Tours 

    • Open indoors and outdoors 

    • Limited to the amount of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance with a maximum capacity of 50%  

    • Reservations required 

    Tours and guide services 

    • Includes guided hunting trips, tastings, walking tours, etc. 

    • Limited to the amount of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance 

    Fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals 

    • Maximum 75% capacity outdoors 

    • Indoor capacity is limited to the amount of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance, not exceeding 50% capacity 

    Strip clubs 

    • Indoor capacity limited to the number of people who can maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (seated)  

    • Performers must maintain at least 2 metres’ physical distance from patrons 

    Bathhouses and sex clubs   

    • Capacity limited to the number of people who can maintain a physical distance of 2 metres  

    • Maximum 25% capacity, up to 250 people 

    • Masks required 


    For more details on the rules and regulations for step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen, please visit the official news release at  Ontario Moving to Step Three of Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 | Ontario Newsroom 

    You can also view the regulation for full details.

    Next steps 

    The province will remain in Step Three of the Roadmap for at least 21 days and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second, with no public health unit having less than 70 per cent of their population fully vaccinated. 

    Upon meeting these thresholds, the vast majority of public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity limits for indoor and outdoor settings and limits for social gatherings, will be lifted. Only a small number of measures will remain in place, including the requirement for passive screening, such as posting a sign, and businesses requiring a safety plan. 

  • Chris Bloore posted an article
    TIAO react to PM statement on border reopening. see more

    TIAO has been a vocal proponent throughout the summer in asking the Federal Government to present its plan to reopen the U.S. border and wider international travel. We have read the Prime Minister's comments from last night with great interest and look forward to seeing the fully detailed plan to first reopen the U.S. border in August, and then wider international border in September to fully vaccinated travelers.  

    The resumption of international travel, especially the expedited reopening of our border with the United States, is worth billions of dollars to our economy and is an integral part of our industries ability to recover, with so many of our members relying heavily on American tourists for their survival. The sooner our members have this plan in their hands, the faster they can start to market and take bookings and return to what they do best, providing world class and unforgettable experiences for visitors.  


    Read the PM's statement here: Trudeau: U.S.-Canada border could open to fully vaccinated Americans in August (

  • Chris Bloore posted an article
    Ontario enters Step One of its Roadmap to Re-open Today see more

    Based on the provincewide vaccination rate and continuing improvements in key public health and health system indicators, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will move the province into Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.

    Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen includes but is not limited to:

    • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people;
    • Outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, capped at the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
    • Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 15 per cent capacity of the particular room;
    • Non-essential retail permitted at 15 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
    • Essential and other select retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
    • Outdoor dining with up to four people per table, with exceptions for larger households;
    • Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual/team sport training to be permitted with up to 10 people, among other restrictions;
    • Day camps for children permitted to operate in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines for COVID-19 produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
    • Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks, and short-term rentals;
    • Concert venues, theaters and cinemas may open outdoors for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 performers, among other restrictions;
    • Outdoor horse racing tracks and motor speedways permitted to operate without spectators; and
    • Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity limits and other restrictions.
    • Outdoor tours with restrictions are now permitted.

    Please view the regulation for full details.