Ontario Moving to Step Three of Roadmap to Reopen on July 16

Published July 9, 2021


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July 09, 2021 Office of the Premier

Step 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan will begin on July 16, five days earlier than expected; With key public health and health care indicators continuing to improve and the provincewide vaccination rate surpassing the targets outlined in the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health the Ontario government is moving the province into Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021.

In order to enter Step Three of the Roadmap, Ontario needed to have vaccinated 70 to 80 percent of individuals 18 years of age or older with one dose and 25 percent with two doses for at least two weeks, ensuring a stronger level of protection against COVID-19. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Ontario’s health care partners, as of July 8, 2021, over 77 percent of the population in Ontario ages 12 and over have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and over 50 percent have received their second dose. More than 16.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered provincewide.

Step Three of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions;
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancing;
  • Indoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect;
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities to open subject to a maximum 50 percent capacity of the indoor space. The capacity for indoor spectators is 50 percent of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less. Capacity for outdoor spectators is 75 percent of the usual seating capacity or 15,000 people, whichever is less;
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces permitted to operate with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect and capacity limited to not exceed 50 percent capacity or 1,000 people, (whichever is less);
  • Essential and non-essential retail with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Museums, galleries, historic sites, aquariums, zoos, landmarks, botanical gardens, science centres, casinos/bingo halls, amusement parks, fairs and rural exhibitions, festivals, with capacity limited to not exceed 50 percent capacity indoors and 75 percent capacity outdoors;
  • Concert venues, cinemas, and theatres permitted to operate at:
    • up to 50 percent capacity indoors or a maximum limit of 1,000 people for seated events (whichever is less)
    • up to 75 percent capacity outdoors or a maximum limit of 5,000 people for unseated events (whichever is less); and up to 75 percent capacity outdoors or a maximum of 15,000 people for events with fixed seating (whichever is less).
  • Real estate open houses with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres; and
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 percent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

Face coverings in indoor public settings and physical distancing requirements remain in place throughout Step Three. This is in alignment with the advice on personal public health measures issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada, while also accounting for Ontario-specific information and requirements. Face coverings will also be required in some outdoor public settings as well.

Please view the regulation for the full list of public health and workplace safety measures that need to be followed. See the full press release from the Ontario government here.

Important information regarding new regulations for Museums and Galleries, see link below;
ONTARIO REGULATION made under the [Bilingual] REG2021.0519.e 20-PR/RA REOPENING ONTARIO (A FLEXIBLE RESPONSE TO COVID-19) ACT, 2020 Amending 0. Reg. 364/20 (RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 3) 

Museums, etc. 24.
(1) Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions may open if they comply with the following conditions: 1. The number of members of the public in the outdoor ticketed area of the attraction at any one time must not exceed 75 percent capacity, as determined in accordance with subsection 3

(2) of Schedule I. 2. The number of members of the public in the indoor ticketed area of the attraction at any one time must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the indoor ticketed area of the attraction and in any event, may not exceed 50 percent capacity, as determined in accordance with subsection 3

(3) of Schedule 1. 3. The number of members of the public at a seated event or activity within the attraction at any one time must not exceed,

  • 50 percent of the usual seating capacity for the event or activity, in the case of events or activities indoors, or 1,000 persons, whichever is less, and 
  • 75 percent of the usual seating capacity for the event or activity, in the case of events or activities outdoors, or 15,000 persons, whichever is less.

4. The number of members of the public at an outdoor event or activity at the attraction at any one time must not exceed 75 percent capacity, as determined in accordance with subsection 3 (2) of Schedule 1, or 5,000 persons, whichever is less.

5. The number of members of the public permitted to be in a particular room in the indoor portion of the attraction at any one time must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the room and in any event may not exceed 50 percent capacity of the room in the attraction, as determined in accordance with subsection 3 (3) of Schedule 1, or if it is a seated event or activity taking place in the room, must be limited in accordance with subparagraph 3i of this subsection, and the total capacity for the particular room cannot be added to increase the total capacity of the indoor ticketed area as provided for under paragraph 2 of this subsection.

6. If a concert, event; performance or movie is held at the park, the conditions in section 22 apply with respect to the concert, event, performance or movie, except that the maximum capacity permitted under section 22 may not be added to the maximum capacity permitted under this section so as to increase the capacity permitted under this section.

7. No member of the public may attend a seated event or activity within the attraction or an indoor event or activity within the attraction unless they have made a reservation to do so.

8. Any indoor amusement rides operated by the attraction must be operated to enable every person on the ride to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person on the ride, except where necessary,

  • i. to facilitate payment, or
  • ii. for the purposes of health and safety.

9. Any indoor tour vehicles operated by the attraction must be operated to enable every person on the tour vehicle, including tour guides, to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person, except where necessary,

  • i. to facilitate payment, or
  • ii. for the purposes of health and safety.

10. Paragraphs 8 and 9 do not apply in respect of a group of persons if the persons are all,

  • i. members of the same household,
  • ii. a member of one other household who lives alone, or
  • iii. a caregiver for any member of either household.

11. The person responsible for the attraction must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the capacity limits under which the attraction is permitted to operate and the capacity limits of any seated event or activity within the attraction.

(2) For greater certainty, the person responsible for the attraction must prepare a safety plan in accordance with section 3.3 of Schedule 1.

(3) For greater certainty, every person on an indoor amusement ride or indoor tour vehicle must wear a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin, unless they are entitled to any of the exceptions set out in subsection 2 ( 4) of Schedule 1.