Ontario Outlines Steps to Gradually Ease Public Health Measures

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;  
    • Cinemas;  
    • 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. 

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