Officials have announced that Ontario can finally enter Step 3 of the province’s re-opening plan on Friday July 16; five days earlier than expected due to the province’s accelerated vaccination rates for first and second doses.
The province has been in Step 2 of the Re-opening Plan since Wednesday June 30th, with higher table capacity for restaurant and bar patios as well as personal care services opening again.
Step 3 of the Re-opening Plan comes with a higher capacity for outdoor gatherings, indoor gatherings permitted, and the long-awaited indoor dining at restaurants; as well as a return to nightlife in the city!
See below for your guide to all the rules for Step 3 in Ontario, so you can start planning the rest of your summer!
Restaurants, Bars & Nightlife
Both indoor and outdoor dining will also be limited to the number of people that can maintain two metres physical distancing.
Food and drink establishments with dance floors with indoor capacity will be limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres with a maximum capacity of 50 per cent indoors and 50 per cent outdoors.
Strip clubs can operate with a capacity limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of two metres, amid additional restrictions.
Limits for social gatherings and organized public events will be 100 people outdoors.
Limits for social gatherings and organized public events will be 25 people indoors.
Sports, Fitness & Recreation
Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities will reopen with capacity limited to 50 per cent indoors, for up to 1000 people. 50 per cent of the outdoor seating capacity up to 10,000 people.
Sports will be permitted without restrictions on contact.
Cinemas, museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, outdoor amusement parks, water parks, and gardens will be permitted to operate with capacity limited to 50 per cent indoors and 50 per cent outdoors, amid additional restrictions.
Casinos will reopen, although limited to 50 per cent capacity.
Personal cares services can host as many patrons as can maintain 2m physical distancing and will now be permitted to offer services that require the removal of a face covering.
Religious Services, Weddings and Funerals
Indoor religious services or ceremonies will be limited to the number of people that can maintain two metres physical distancing.
Outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, wedding services and funeral services must be socially distanced.
Retail will also be limited to the number of people that can maintain two metres physical distancing.