The Ontario government has announced the plan to lift certain public health and safety measures. The province will follow a phased approach to easing COVID-19 restrictions starting January 31, 2022. In the absence of concerning trends in public health and health care indicators, Ontario will follow a cautious and phased approach to lifting public health measures, with 21 days between each step.
Effective January 31, 2022 at 12:01am
- Increasing social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors;
- Increasing or maintaining capacity limits at 50% in indoor public settings, including but not limited to:
- Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities;
- Retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies);
- Shopping malls;
- Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms;
- Meeting and event spaces;
- Recreational amenities and amusement parks, including water parks;
- Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and similar attractions;
- Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments; and
- Religious services, rites, or ceremonies.
- Allowing spectator areas of facilities such as sporting events, concert venues and theatres to operate at 50% seated capacity or 500 people, whichever is less.
- Enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements would continue to apply in existing settings.
Additional restrictions will be eased on February 21 and March 14.