COVID-19 public health measures and advice

Find out about the latest public health measures, advice and restrictions in your area as we continue to respond to covid 19. Stay home, stay safe, save lives.

Provincewide emergency brake

As covid 19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, a provincewide emergency brake is in effect as of Saturday, April 3, at 12:01 a.m.

This will help:

  • save lives
  • prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed
  • protect in-person learning and keep children in schools
  • allow for more time to vaccinate Ontarians
  • stop the spread of covid 19 in communities

This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts.

What this means

Starting April 3, the covid 19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones) is paused.

We must all follow temporary restrictions and public health and workplace safety measures.

The impacts of these measures will be evaluated after one month to determine if it is safe to lift the restrictions or if they need to be extended.

You should:

  • stay home as much as possible
  • limit close contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else
  • limit trips outside your home to necessities, such as:
    • getting food or medication
    • going to medical appointments
    • supporting vulnerable community members
    • child care
    • getting exercise or walking pets

Always:

  • stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • stay two metres apart from people you don’t live with
  • wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces or any time physical distancing is not possible

covid 19 measures

Besides the provincial health measures listed on this page, there may also be additional local restrictions or requirements. Find these restrictions on your local municipality or public health unit’s website, which is linked from the map and the table.

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What each zone means

The following lists include the provincial restrictions most Ontarians need to know. It is not intended to be legal advice or an interpretation of the law. More information is available in the covid 19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.

Schools, child care centres and post-secondary institutions will stay open, as long as it is still safe for students, staff and families. Take the covid 19 school screening to check for symptoms of illness before going to school.

  • Green – Prevent

    Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you don’t live with, wear a mask or face covering in public spaces and avoid non-essential travel.

    Gatherings and close contact

    Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else.

    If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.

    Events and social gatherings in private homes, backyards or parks (for example, barbeques):

    • Indoors: 10 people
    • Outside: 25 people

    Organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities (for example, event spaces):

    • Indoors: 50 people
    • Outside: 100 people

    Religious, wedding and funeral services:

    • Indoors: 30% capacity of the room
    • Outside: the number of people that can keep two metres of physical distance from each other
    • This does not apply to receptions, which have different capacity limits

    Rules for all businesses

    All open businesses must:

    • actively screen employees (you may use the covid 19 screening tool)
    • post signs at all entrances informing people how to screen themselves for covid 19 before entering (see covid 19 Signage Questions for Businesses and Organizations)
    • limit capacity so guests can stay at least 2 metres apart
    • make sure anyone indoors wears a mask or face covering, including workers who have to come within 2 metres of anyone else (with some exceptions)
    • make sure workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects their eyes, nose and mouth when they have to come within 2 metres of anyone who is not wearing a mask or face covering or separated by plexiglass
    • clean and disinfect often-touched surfaces, such as equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers frequently
    • manage line ups to make sure customers are at least two metres apart wearing face coverings or masks
    • create a safety plan, post it in a place where workers and patrons will see it  and have it available upon request

    Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

    Guests must:

    • be seated with at least 2 metres or a barrier (such as plexiglass) between tables
    • wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking
    • give their name and contact information (one per party)
    • wear a mask or face covering and keep 2 metres apart when lining up

    Not allowed:

    • Buffets

    Sports and recreational fitness facilities

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors:
      • 50 people per class
      • 50 people in areas with weights or exercise machines
      • 50 spectators
    • Outside:
      • 100 people
      • 100 spectators

    Capacity limits apply per room if the establishment follows Guidance for facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities during covid 19

    Team and individual sport must:

    • be modified to avoid physical contact
    • have a maximum of 50 people per league

    Everyone must always wear masks or face coverings except when exercising or playing sports (with some exceptions).

    Meeting and event spaces

    Capacity limits:

    Not allowed:

    • Booking multiple rooms for the same event
    • Trade shows

    Stores

    Fitting rooms cannot be right next to each other.

    Guests must wear a mask or face covering (with some exceptions) and keep 2 metres apart inside and when lining up and gathering outside.

    Personal care services

    Closed:

    • Oxygen bars
    • Steam rooms
    • Saunas

    Guests must wear a mask or face covering (except when receiving services to an area of their face that would be covered)

    Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

    Capacity limits:

    • 50 people

    Not allowed:

    • Table games (for example, poker, blackjack, roulette)

    Cinemas

    Capacity limits:

    Guests must wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions).

    Performing arts facilities

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors: 50 spectators per facility
    • Outside: 100 spectators per facility

    There must be a barrier (for example, plexiglass) between singers and wind- or brass-instrument players and audience members.

  • Yellow – Protect

    Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you don’t live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces and avoid non-essential travel.

    Gatherings and close contact

    Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else.

    If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.

    Events and social gatherings in private homes, backyards or parks (for example, barbeques):

    • Indoors: 10 people
    • Outside: 25 people

    Organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities (for example, event spaces):

    • Indoors: 50 people
    • Outside: 100 people

    Religious, wedding and funeral services:

    • Indoors: 30% capacity
    • Outside: the number of people that can keep two metres physical distance from each other
    • This does not apply to receptions, which have different capacity limits

    Rules for all businesses

    All open businesses must:

    • screen employees (you may use the covid 19 screening tool)
    • post signs at all entrances informing people how to screen themselves for covid 19 before entering (see covid 19 Signage Questions for Businesses and Organizations)
    • limit capacity so guests can stay at least 2 metres apart
    • make sure anyone indoors wears a mask or face covering, including workers who have to come within 2 metres of anyone else (with some exceptions)
    • make sure workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects the eyes, nose and mouth when they must come within 2 metres of anyone who is not wearing a mask or face covering or separated by plexiglass
    • clean and disinfect often-touched surfaces, such as equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers frequently
    • manage line ups to make sure customers are at least two metres apart wearing face coverings or masks
    • create a safety plan, post it in a place where workers and patrons will see it and have it available upon request

    Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

    Guests must:

    • be seated at all times (with some exceptions)
    • be seated with at least 2 metres or a barrier (such as plexiglass) between tables
    • wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)
    • wear a mask or face covering and keep 2 metres apart when lining up
    • give their name and contact information

    Time restrictions:

    • Establishments must close by midnight
    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 11 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after midnight

    Not allowed:

    • Buffets
    • More than 6 people per table, unless they are members of the same household (exceptions for people who live alone and caregivers)

    Sports and recreational fitness facilities

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors:
      • 50 people total
      • 10 people per class
      • 50 spectators
    • Outside:
      • 25 people per class (100 people in all classes)
      • 100 spectators

    Capacity limits apply per room if the facility follows Guidance for facilities for Sport and Recreational Fitness Activities During covid 19.

    Guests must:

    • always wear masks or face coverings except when exercising or playing sports (with some exceptions)
    • stay 3 metres apart in classes or areas with weights or exercise equipment and 2 metres apart everywhere else
    • make reservations (only one required per team)
    • give their name and contact information

    Team and individual sports must:

    • be modified to avoid physical contact
    • have a maximum of 50 people per league

    Some exemptions apply for high-performance athletes and parasports.

    Outdoor ski, ice and snow recreational amenities open for recreational purposes.

    Meeting and event spaces

    Capacity limits:

    Guests must give their name and contact information.

    Not allowed:

    • Booking multiple rooms for the same event
    • Trade shows

    Time restrictions:

    • Establishments must close by midnight
    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 11 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after midnight

    Stores

    Fitting rooms cannot be right next to each other.

    Guests must wear a mask or face covering and stay at least 2 metres apart inside and when lining up and gathering outside.

    Personal care services

    Closed:

    • Oxygen bars
    • Steam rooms
    • Saunas

    Guests must:

    • give their name and contact information
    • wear a mask or face covering, except when receiving services to an area of their face that would be covered

    Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

    Capacity limits:

    • 50 people

    Guests must give their name and contact information.

    Not allowed:

    • Table games (for example, poker, blackjack, roulette)

    Time restrictions:

    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 11 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after midnight

    Cinemas

    Capacity limits:

    Time restrictions:

    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 11 p.m.
    • No once can drink alcohol after midnight

    Guests must:

    • always wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)
    • give their name and contact information

    Performing arts facilities

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors: 50 spectators per facility
    • Outside: 100 spectators per facility

    Guests must give their name and contact information.

    There must be a barrier (for example, plexiglass) between singers and wind- or brass-instrument players and audience members.

    Time restrictions:

    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 11 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after midnight
  • Orange – Restrict

    Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you don’t live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces and avoid non-essential travel.

    Gatherings and close contact

    Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else.

    If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.

    Events and social gatherings in private homes, backyards or parks (for example, barbeques):

    • Indoors: 10 people
    • Outside: 25 people

    Organized public events and gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities (for example, event spaces):

    • Indoors: 50 people
    • Outside: 100 people

    Religious, wedding and funeral services:

    • Indoors: 30% capacity of the room
    • Outside: the number of people that can keep two metres physical distance from each other
    • This does not apply to receptions, which have different capacity limits

    Rules for all businesses

    All open businesses must:

    • screen employees (you may use the covid 19 screening tool)
    • post signs at all entrances informing people how to screen themselves for covid 19 before entering (see COVID-19 Signage Questions for Businesses and Organizations)
    • limit capacity so guests can stay at least 2 metres apart
    • make sure anyone indoors wears a mask or face covering, including workers who have to come within 2 metres of anyone else (with some exceptions)
    • make sure workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects the eyes, nose and mouth when they must come within 2 metres of anyone who is not wearing a mask or face covering or separated by plexiglass
    • clean and disinfect often-touched surfaces, such as equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers frequently
    • manage line ups to make sure customers are at least two metres apart wearing face coverings or masks
    • create a safety plan, post it in a place where workers and patrons will see it and have it available upon request

    Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors: 50% of indoor dining area or 100 people (whichever is less)
    • Outside: the number of people that can keep two metres physical distance from each other

    Guests must:

    • be seated at all times, with some exceptions
    • be seated with at least 2 metres or a barrier (such as plexiglass) between tables
    • for indoor dining, only be seated with members of their same households, with limited exceptions for caregivers and people who live alone
    • remain seated at all times (with some exceptions)
    • wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)
    • wear a mask or face covering and keep 2 metres apart when lining up
    • give their name and contact information
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure (not required for take out, drive through or delivery)

    Time restrictions:

    • Establishments must close by 10 p.m.
    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.

    Not allowed:

    • Buffets

    Sports and recreational fitness facilities

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors:
      • 50 people total
      • 10 people per class
    • Outside:
      • 100 people total
      • 25 per class
    • No spectators, except for one parent or guardian per child

    Guests must:

    • always wear masks or face coverings except when exercising (with some exceptions)
    • stay 3 metres apart in fitness or exercise classes or areas with weights or exercise equipment and 2 metres apart everywhere else
    • make reservations before they enter the facility (only one required per team)
    • give their name and contact information
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come in

    Team and individual sports must:

    • be modified to avoid physical contact
    • have a maximum of 50 people per league

    Time restrictions

    • 90-minute time limit for classes and working out (does not apply for sports)

    Some exemptions apply for high-performance athletes and parasports.

    Outdoor ski, ice and snow recreational amenities open for recreational purposes.

    Meeting and event spaces

    Capacity limits:

    Guests must:

    • give their name and contact information
    • answer screening questions about symptoms and exposure before they come in

    Not allowed:

    • Booking multiple rooms for the same event
    • Trade shows

    Time restrictions:

    • Establishments must close by 10 p.m.
    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.

    Stores

    Fitting rooms cannot be right next to each other.

    Guests must:

    • wear a mask or face covering (with some exceptions) and keep at least 2 metres apart inside when lining up and gathering outside
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come into malls

    Personal care services

    Closed:

    • Oxygen bars
    • Steam rooms
    • Saunas
    • Sensory deprivation pods (except for therapeutic purposes)
    • Bath houses
    • Other adult venues

    Guests must:

    • give their name and contact information
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come in

    Not allowed:

    • Services that require guests to remove their mask or face covering

    Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

    Capacity limits:

    • 50 people total

    Not allowed:

    • Table games (for example, poker, blackjack, roulette)

    Guests must:

    • give their name and contact information
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come in

    Time restrictions:

    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.

    Cinemas

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors: 50 people total
    • Outside: 100 people total

    Time restrictions:

    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No once can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.

    Guests must:

    • always wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)
    • give their name and contact information
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come in

    Performing arts facilities

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors: 50 spectators total
    • Outside: 100 spectators total

    Guests must

    • give their name and contact information
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come in

    There must be a barrier (for example, plexiglass) between singers and wind- or brass-instrument players and audience members.

    Time restrictions:

    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.
  • Red – Control

    Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you don’t live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces and avoid non-essential travel.

    Gatherings and close contact

    Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else.

    Do not visit any other household or allow visitors in your home. If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.

    All events and social gatherings:

    • Indoors: 5 people
    • Outside: 25 people

    Religious, wedding and funeral services:

    • Indoors: 30% capacity of the room
    • Outdoors: the number of people that can keep two metres physical distance from each other
    • This does not apply to receptions, which have different capacity limits

    Only go out for essential reasons, such as:

    • work
    • school
    • groceries
    • pharmacy
    • health care
    • helping vulnerable people
    • exercise and physical activity

    Work remotely, where possible.

    Rules for all businesses

    All open businesses must:

    • screen employees (you may use the covid 19 screening tool)
    • post signs at all entrances informing people how to screen themselves for covid 19 before entering (see COVID-19 Signage Questions for Businesses and Organizations)
    • limit capacity so guests can stay at least 2 metres apart
    • make sure anyone indoors wears a mask or face covering, including workers who have to come within 2 metres of anyone else (with some exceptions)
    • make sure workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects their eyes, nose and mouth when they must come within 2 metres of anyone who is not wearing a mask or face covering or separated by plexiglass
    • clean and disinfect often-touched surfaces, such as equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers frequently
    • manage line ups to make sure customers are at least two metres apart wearing face coverings or masks
    • create a safety plan, post it in a place where workers and patrons will see it and have it available upon request

    Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors: the lesser of approximately 50% of indoor dining area or 50 people
    • Outside: the number of people that can keep two metres physical distance from each other

    Guests must:

    • be seated at all times with some exceptions
    • be seated with at least 2 metres or a barrier (such as plexiglass) between tables
    • for indoor dining, only be seated with members of their same households, with limited exceptions for caregivers and people who live alone
    • remain seated at all times (with some exceptions)
    • wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)
    • wear a mask or face covering and keep 2 metres apart when lining up
    • give their name and contact information
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come in

    Not allowed:

    • Buffets
    • Dancing
    • Singing
    • Live music performance
    • Strip clubs (can only operate as a restaurant or bar)

    Time restrictions:

    • Establishments must close by 10 p.m.
    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.

    Sports and recreational fitness facilities

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors:
      • 10 people in classes
      • 10 people in areas with weights or exercise equipment
    • Outside: 25 people in classes
    • No spectators, except for one parent or guardian per child

    Team sports:

    • must not be practiced or played except for training (no games or scrimmage)
    • must keep 2 metres physical distance, no contact permitted

    Everyone must:

    • always wear a mask or face covering except when exercising (with some exceptions)
    • stay 3 metres apart in fitness or exercise classes or areas with weights or exercise machines and 2 metres apart everywhere else
    • make reservations (only one required per team)
    • give their name and contact information
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come in

    Time restrictions:

    • 90-minute time limit for classes and working out (does not apply for sports)

    Some exemptions apply for high-performance athletes and parasports.

    Outdoor ski, ice and snow recreational amenities open for recreational purposes.

    Meeting and event spaces

    Capacity limits:

    Not allowed:

    • Booking multiple rooms for the same event
    • Trade shows

    Guests must:

    • give their name and contact information
    • wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come in

    Time restrictions:

    • Establishments must close by 10 p.m.
    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.

    Stores

    Capacity limits:

    • supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies: 75%
    • all other retail (includes discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, cannabis stores, hardware stores, garden centres): 50%

    Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted, including for cannabis stores.

    Fitting rooms cannot be right next to each other.

    Guests must:

    • wear a mask or face covering (with some exceptions) and keep at least 2 metres apart inside and when lining up and gathering outside
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come into malls

    Personal care services

    Closed:

    • Oxygen bars
    • Steam rooms
    • Saunas
    • Sensory deprivation pods (except for therapeutic purposes)
    • Bath houses
    • Other adult venues

    Guests must:

    • give their name and contact information
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come in

    Not allowed:

    • services that require guests to remove their mask or face covering

    Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

    Capacity limits:

    • Indoors: 10 people total
    • Outside: 25 people total

    Not allowed:

    • Table games (for example, poker, blackjack, roulette)

    Guests must:

    • wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)
    • give their name and contact information
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come in

    Time restrictions:

    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.

    Cinemas

    Closed (with some exceptions)

    Only drive-ins allowed.

    Performing arts facilities

    Drive-in only (cinemas, concerts, artistic events, performances)

    Rehearsing, recording or broadcasting an event or performance is allowed (for example, streaming a performance to an online audience). No in-person audience members allowed.

    Everyone must stay 2 metres away from each other, except when needed for the performance or rehearsal.

    There must be a barrier (for example, plexiglass) between singers and wind- or brass-instrument players and other performers.

  • Grey – Lockdown

    Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you don’t live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces and avoid non-essential travel.

    Gatherings and close contact

    It is illegal to gather indoors with anyone you do not live with.

    You must limit contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else.

    Do not visit any other household or allow visitors in your home.

    If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.

    All events and social gatherings:

    • Indoors: not allowed, except with members of your household (or one other household if you live alone)
    • Outside: 10 people

    Religious, wedding and funeral services (but not receptions):

    • Indoors: 15% capacity of the room
    • Outside: the number of people that can keep two metres physical distance from each other
    • This does not apply to receptions, which have different capacity limits

    Only go out for essential reasons, such as:

    • work
    • school
    • groceries
    • pharmacy
    • health care
    • helping vulnerable people
    • exercise and physical activity

    Work remotely, where possible.

    Rules for all businesses

    All open businesses must:

    • screen employees (you may use the covid 19 screening tool)
    • post signs at all entrances informing people how to screen themselves for covid 19 before entering (see COVID-19 Signage Questions for Businesses and Organizations)
    • limit capacity so guests can stay at least 2 metres apart
    • make sure anyone indoors wears a mask or face covering, including workers who have to come within 2 metres of anyone else (with some exceptions)
    • make sure workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects their eyes, nose and mouth when they have to come within 2 metres of anyone who is not wearing a mask or face covering or separated by plexiglass
    • clean and disinfect often-touched surfaces, such as equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers frequently
    • manage line ups to make sure customers are at least two metres apart and wearing face coverings or masks
    • create a safety plan, post it in a place where workers and patrons will see it and have it available upon request

    Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

    Services available:

    • Outdoor dining
    • Take-out
    • Drive-through
    • Delivery

    Closed:

    • Indoor dining

    Capacity limits

    • Outside: the number of people that can keep two metres physical distance from each other

    Guests must:

    • only be seated with members of their household, with limited exceptions for caregivers and people who live alone
    • remain seated at all times (with some exceptions)
    • be seated with at least 2 metres or a barrier (such as plexiglass) between tables
    • wear masks or face coverings except when eating or drinking (with some exceptions)
    • wear a mask or face covering and keep 2 metres apart when lining up and gathering outside or inside
    • give their name and contact information
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure

    Not allowed:

    • Buffets
    • Dancing
    • Singing
    • Live music performance
    • Strip clubs (can only operate as a restaurant or bar)

    Time restrictions:

    • Establishments must close by 10 p.m.
    • Alcohol cannot be sold after 9 p.m.
    • No one can drink alcohol after 10 p.m.

    Sports and recreational fitness facilities

    Closed:

    • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities (limited exceptions, for example, day camps and child care).

    Outdoor fitness classes, team training and personal training:

    • Limit of 10 guests
    • 3 metres physical distancing required
    • Guests must provide contact information
    • No team sports or scrimmage
    • No spectators, except for one parent or guardian per child

    Golf courses, driving ranges, and ski hills are allowed to open.

    Meeting and event spaces

    Closed for meetings and events (limited exceptions, for example child care, mental health and addiction support services).

    Stores

    In-person shopping available

    Capacity limits:

    • supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies: 50%
    • all other retail (includes discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, cannabis stores, hardware stores and garden centres): 25%

    Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted, including for cannabis stores.

    Fitting rooms cannot be right next to each other.

    Guests must:

    • wear a mask or face covering (with some exceptions) and keep at least 2 metres apart inside when lining up and gathering outside
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come into malls

    Personal care services

    Permitted to open as of Monday, April 12, 2021

    Capacity limits:

    • 25% or 5 patrons (whichever is less)

    Closed:

    • Oxygen bars
    • Steam rooms
    • Saunas
    • Sensory deprivation pods (except for therapeutic purposes)
    • Bath houses
    • Other adult venues

    Guests must:

    • have an appointment
    • give their name and contact information

    Not allowed:

    • services that require guests to remove their mask or face covering

    Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

    Closed

    Cinemas

    Only drive-ins allowed.

    Performing arts facilities

    Drive-in cinemas, concerts, artistic events, performances may open.

    No audiences allowed.

    Rehearsing, recording or broadcasting an event or performance is allowed (for example, streaming a performance to an online audience).

    There must be a barrier (for example, plexiglass) between singers and wind- or brass-instrument players and other performers.

  • Emergency brake

    Below are some of the key changes during the provincewide emergency brake. For more information, read the:

    Always stay home if you have symptoms, physically distance by staying two metres apart from people you don’t live with, wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces and avoid non-essential travel.

    Gatherings and close contact

    It is illegal to gather indoors with anyone you do not live with.

    You should only go out for necessities, such as:

    • work, if you can’t do it remotely
    • school
    • groceries
    • pharmacy
    • helping vulnerable people
    • exercise and physical activity

    If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.

    You must stay at least two metres apart from everyone else and wear a mask or face covering during permitted events or social gatherings.

    You should not travel outside your region or the province unless absolutely necessary.

    All events and social gatherings:

    • Indoors: not allowed, except with members of your household (or one other household if you live alone)
    • Outside: 5 people

    Religious, wedding and funeral services:

    • Indoors: 15% capacity of the room
    • Outside: the number of people that can keep two metres physical distance from each other
    • This does not apply to receptions, which have different capacity limits

    Rules for all businesses

    All open businesses must:

    • screen employees (you may use the covid 19 screening tool)
    • post signs at all entrances informing people how to screen themselves for covid 19 before entering (see COVID-19 Signage Questions for Businesses and Organizations)
    • limit capacity so guests can stay at least 2 metres apart
    • make sure anyone indoors wears a mask or face covering, including workers who have to come within 2 metres of anyone else (with some exceptions)
    • make sure workers use personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects their eyes, nose and mouth when they have to come within 2 metres of anyone who is not wearing a mask or face covering or separated by plexiglass
    • clean and disinfect often-touched surfaces, such as equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms and showers frequently
    • manage line ups to make sure customers are at least two metres apart and wearing face coverings or masks
    • create a safety plan, post it in a place where workers and patrons will see it and have it available upon request

    Restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments

    Services available:

    • Take-out
    • Drive-through
    • Delivery

    Closed:

    • All indoor and outdoor dining

    Sports and recreational fitness facilities

    Outdoor recreational amenities may open, including:

    • parks
    • golf courses and outdoor driving ranges
    • ski hills

    Closed:

    • Indoor and outdoor sports and recreational fitness facilities (limited exceptions, for example, child care, access to physical therapy for people with disabilities)
    • Personal fitness and sports trainers

    Meeting and event spaces

    Closed for meetings and events (limited exceptions, for example child care, mental health and addiction support services)

    Stores

    In-person shopping available

    Capacity limits:

    • supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies: 50%
    • all other retail (includes discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, cannabis stores, hardware stores and garden centres): 25%

    Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted, including for cannabis stores.

    Fitting rooms cannot be right next to each other.

    Guests must:

    • wear a mask or face covering (with some exceptions) and keep at least 2 metres apart inside when lining up and gathering outside
    • answer screening questions about covid 19 symptoms and exposure before they come into malls

    Personal care services

    Closed

    Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

    Closed

    Cinemas

    Closed

    Performing arts facilities

    Closed

How we decide on the zones

The five zones are set out in the covid 19 response framework: keeping Ontario safe and open.

It includes targeted, preventative public health measures and restrictions that we can introduce and remove incrementally for each region, based on case data and predetermined indicators. This allows us to respond to the changes in covid 19 case data in your region or community.

Each week, we will review the data in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health and other health experts and decide if we need to make any changes to the zones regions are in. Changes are confirmed and announced by the province on Fridays and become effective the following Monday.

Public health regions will stay in their zone for at least two weeks. The government will then assess the impact of public health and workplace safety measures to determine if the region should stay where they are or be moved to a different zone.

If a public health region experiences a rapid increase in covid 19 transmission or if its health system is at risk of becoming overwhelmed, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, in consultation with the local medical officer of health, can request the government activate the “emergency brake” at any time.