Roadmap to Reopen

Roadmap to Reopen is a cautious three-step plan that will guide a safe and gradual reopening of the province and the lifting of public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health system indicators.

The province will remain in each of the steps for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health indicators. If at the end of the 21 days, the vaccination thresholds have been met, alongside positive trends of other key public health and health system indicators, then the province will move forward.

Public health and workplace safety measures would continue to apply across all steps, including maintaining physical distance, capacity limits and wearing face coverings in indoor spaces and whenever physical distancing is a challenge..

The three steps of the Roadmap, which will be applied provincially, are the following:

Step One

Step One of the roadmap may begin after 60 per cent of Ontario’s adults receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and if public health indicators, such as hospitalizations, ICU occupancy and new admissions and case rates indicate the province can safely move to this step of the roadmap. Based on current trends in key health indicators, including the provincial vaccination rate, the government expects to enter Step One of the Roadmap the week of June 14, 2021. The province will confirm closer to the expected start of Step One.

Step One will permit the resumption of more outdoor activities with smaller, well-managed crowds where risk of transmission is minimized and will permit retail, all with restrictions in place, including but not limited to:

  • Outdoor gatherings up to 10 people;
  • Outdoor dining up to 4 people per table;
  • Outdoor fitness classes, personal training and sports training up to 10 people;
  • Essential retail at 25 per cent capacity and can sell all goods (including discount and big box);
  • Non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity;
  • Retail stores in malls closed unless the stores have a street facing entrance;
  • Outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies with capacity limited to permit 2 metres’ physical distancing;
  • Horse racing and motor speedways without spectators;
  • Outdoor horse riding;
  • Outdoor pools, splash pads and wading pools with capacity limited to permit 2 metres’ physical distancing;
  • Outdoor zoos, landmarks, historic sites, and botanical gardens with capacity limits;
  • Campsites, campgrounds and short-term rentals; and
  • Ontario Parks.

Step Two

Ontario will remain in Step One for at least 21 days. If at the end of those 21 days the province has vaccinated 70 per cent of adults with one dose and 20 per cent of adults with two doses and there are positive trends in public health and health system indicators, Ontario will move to Step Two.

Step Two will further expand outdoor activities and will resume limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn, with other restrictions in place, including but not limited to:

  • Outdoor gatherings up to 25 people;
  • Indoor gatherings up to 5 people and other restrictions;
  • Outdoor dining up to 6 people per table;
  • Outdoor sports and leagues;
  • Outdoor meeting and event spaces with capacity limits;
  • Non-essential retail at 25 per cent capacity; essential retail at 50 per cent capacity;
  • Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times with capacity limits;
  • Outdoor cinemas and performing arts with capacity limits;
  • Horse racing and motor speedways for spectators with capacity limits;
  • Outdoor tour and guide services with capacity limits;
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 per cent capacity;
  • Public libraries with capacity limits;
  • Outdoor waterparks and amusement parks with capacity limits; and
  • Fairs and rural exhibitions with capacity limits.

Step Three

Ontario will remain in Step Two for at least 21 days. If at the end of those 21 days the province has vaccinated 70 to 80 per cent of adults with one dose and 25 per cent of adults with two and positive trends in public health and health system indicators continue, Ontario will move to Step Three.

Step Three will permit the resumption of indoor services with larger numbers of people, with restrictions in place, including but not limited to:

  • Outdoor gatherings with larger capacity limits;
  • Indoor gatherings with larger capacity limits and other restrictions;
  • Indoor dining with capacity limits;
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits;
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces with capacity limits;
  • Essential and non-essential retail capacity expanded;
  • Personal care services with capacity expanded and other restrictions;
  • Indoor cinemas and performing arts facilities with capacity limits;
  • Indoor and outdoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with capacity limited to permit 2 metres’ physical distancing;
  • Indoor museums and art galleries with capacity limits;
  • Indoor zoos, aquariums, waterparks and amusement parks with capacity limits;
  • Casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits; and
  • Other outdoor activities from Step Two permitted to operate indoors.

This list is not exhaustive. The government will continue to work with sectors on reopening plans, to ensure that they have full awareness of when they can begin to safely reopen and how.

Roadmap to Reopen at a glance:

Subject / Sector

Before Step One

Step One

Step Two

Step Three

Retail

Essential retail at 25% capacity;

Other restrictions apply to some essential retailers (e.g. restricted hours, appointments required, etc.)

In-store shopping at discount and big box retailers limited to essential goods

Curbside pick-up or delivery for non-essential retail

Restrictions on shopping malls

Essential retail at 25% capacity and and can sell all goods (including discount and big box)

Non-essential retail at 15% capacity

Retail stores in malls closed unless the stores have a street facing entrance.

Essential retail at 50% capacity

Non-essential retail at 25% capacity

Essential and non-essential retail open with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing

Liquor stores

Open at 25% capacity, with restricted hours

Open at 25% capacity

Open at 50% capacity

Open with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing

Restaurants and bars

Open for take-out, drive-through and delivery service

Outdoor dining with 4 people per table and other restrictions

Outdoor dining with 6 people per table and other restrictions

Karaoke permitted with restrictions (outdoor)

Indoor dining with capacity and some other restrictions

Outdoor dining with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing

Buffets permitted

Karaoke permitted with restrictions

Personal care services

Closed

Closed

Sensory deprivation pods permitted when prescribed by a regulated health professional

Open at 25% capacity to maximum of 5 people

Appointment required

Services that require the removal of a face covering not permitted

Only patrons being served can be in the setting

Open with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing and other restrictions

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

Closed for indoor use except for high-performance athletes, child care, mental health and addiction support services, social services, and physical therapy (subject to conditions)

Outdoor team sports – training only, 10 people max, 3m distance

Closed for indoor use except for high-performance athletes, social services, and physical therapy

Outdoor sports leagues open

Training for professional or amateur athletes and/or competitions

Indoor open, with some restrictions

Outdoor open, with some restrictions

Personal fitness and training

Closed – no indoor or outdoor sports or recreational classes at any indoor or outdoor sport and recreational facilities

Outdoor fitness classes – 10 people max, 3m distance

Outdoor personal training – 10 people max, 3m distance

Outdoor sports training only – 10 people max, 3m distance

Outdoor fitness classes – 25 people max, 3m distance

Outdoor personal training – 25 people max, 3m distance

Indoor open, with some restrictions

Outdoor open, with some restrictions

Outdoor recreational amenities

Open, including golf courses, tennis courts, skateboarding parks, sports fields, BMX and skate parks, shooting ranges and archery ranges, and others, with restrictions.

Horse riding permitted, with restrictions

No outdoor sports or recreational classes are permitted.

Open

Open

Open

Water features

Closed

Outdoor pools, splash pads, spray pads, whirlpools, wading pools and water slides open with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing

Outdoor pools, splash pads, spray pads, whirlpools, wading pools and water slides open with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing

Indoor and outdoor pools, splash pads, spray pads, whirlpools, wading pools and water slides open with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing

Meeting and event spaces

Closed with exceptions for certain purposes including social services, government operations, court services, in-person examinations for select professions (subject to conditions)

Closed with exceptions for certain purposes including social services, government operations, court services, in-person examinations for select professions (subject to conditions)

Outdoor spaces open at 25% capacity and other restrictions

Indoor meeting and event spaces closed, with exceptions for certain purposes, and except for viewing for potential booking of a future event

Indoor spaces open with capacity and other restrictions, including for tradeshows, conferences and exhibitions

Day camps

Closed

Open based on guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health

Open based on guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health

Open based on guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health

Overnight camps

Closed

Closed

Open based on guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, including epidemiological context and other specific conditions

Open based on guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, including epidemiological context and other specific conditions

Commercial film/TV production

Open with no audience

No more than 50 performers on set

Distance or equipment requirements for crew, hair and makeup services, and musicians

Must comply with industry guidance

Post-production, visual effects, animation studios open

Open with no audience

No more than 50 performers on set

Distance or equipment requirements for crew, hair and makeup services, and musicians

Must comply with industry guidance

Post-production, visual effects, animation studios open

Open with no audience

Distance or equipment requirements for crew, hair and makeup services, and musicians

Must comply with industry guidance

Post-production, visual effects, animation studios open

Open with capacity restrictions for studio audiences.

Distance or equipment requirements for crew, hair and makeup services, and musicians

Must comply with industry guidance

Post-production, visual effects, animation studios open

Performing arts

Closed

Closed

Indoor closed, permitted only for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted event

Outdoor open, including live music, with capacity and other restrictions

Indoor open, including live music, with capacity and other restrictions

Outdoor open, including live music, with capacity restrictions

Cinemas

Closed

Drive-in open

Indoor closed

Outdoor open with capacity and other restrictions

Indoor open with capacity and other restrictions

Outdoor open with capacity and other restrictions

Casino, bingo halls and gaming establishments

Closed

Closed

Closed

Open with capacity and other restrictions

Horse Racing

Training only

No members of the public permitted at the facility

Outdoor with capacity and crew restrictions

No spectators

Open with spectator capacity and other restrictions

Open with spectator capacity and other restrictions

Motorsports and speedways

Closed

Outdoor with capacity and crew restrictions

No spectators

Open with spectator capacity and other restrictions

Open with spectator capacity and other restrictions

Weddings, funerals and religious services, rites and ceremonies

(Does not apply to receptions)

Max 10 persons indoors

Max 10 people permitted outdoors

10 indoors

Outdoor permitted with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing

Indoor permitted at 15% capacity

Outdoor permitted with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing

Larger indoor services, rites, and ceremonies

Outdoor permitted with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing

Gatherings

Max 5 people for outdoor gatherings

Max 10 people for outdoor gatherings and organized public events

Indoor not permitted

Max 25 people for outdoor gatherings and organized public events

Max 5 people for indoor gatherings and organized public events with other restrictions

Larger indoor and outdoor gatherings and organized public events with size limits

Short-term rentals (does not include hotels, motels, lodges, resorts, etc but does apply to cabins and cottages)

Only for people in need of housing

Open

Open

Open

Public libraries

Curbside pickups for materials

Access to computers, photocopiers, and similar services permitted

Curbside pickups for materials

Access to computers, photocopiers, and similar services permitted

Open with 25% capacity and other restrictions

Open, with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing and other restrictions

Museums, Attractions, etc.

Closed

Zoos and aquariums open to care for animals

Outdoor zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens, and similar attractions open with reduced capacity and other restrictions (excludes public events)

Outdoor waterparks open with reduced capacity and other restrictions

Outdoor amusement parks open with reduced capacity and other restrictions, including on rides

Museums and art galleries open with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing and other restrictions

Indoor zoos and aquariums, waterparks, and amusement parks open with capacity restrictions

Fairs and Rural Exhibitions

Closed

Closed

Outdoor open at reduced capacity and other restrictions

Indoor and outdoor open at reduced capacity and other restrictions

Tour and Guide Services (e.g., boat tours)

Closed

Closed

Outdoor open with capacity and other restrictions

Indoor open with capacity and other restrictions

Construction

Open with some limitations to commercial projects

All construction open

All construction open

All construction open

Driving Instruction and Testing

Not permitted, except for drivers of commercial vehicles

Driving testing permitted with restrictions

Driving testing permitted with restrictions

Driving instruction permitted with restrictions

Driving testing permitted with restrictions

Driving instruction permitted with restrictions

Veterinary services

Open

Open

Open

Open

Pet grooming, animal shelters, stables, pet sitters, pet walkers, pet trainers

Open

Open

Open

Open

Lawn care and landscaping services

Open

Open

Open

Open

Ontario Parks and Campgrounds

Ontario Parks open for day use

Overnight only open for individuals in need of housing or with full seasonal contracts; only sites with electricity, water and sewage facilities may be provided for use

All recreational and shared facilities (e.g. washrooms) are closed

Open

Open

Open

Marinas / Boating Clubs

Open with limited services including, repairs or servicing of boats, placing boats in water, and enabling individuals’ access to their residence or property

Recreational boating permitted but only members of a household can gather on a boat

Clubhouse, rec facilities closed; restaurants open for take-out only

Permitted with clubhouses, and other indoor amenities closed

Permitted with clubhouses, and other indoor amenities closed

Open with restrictions.

Strip clubs

Permitted to operate as a restaurant in alignment with restaurant restrictions

Permitted to operate as a restaurant in alignment with restaurant restrictions

Permitted to operate as a restaurant in alignment with restaurant restrictions

Permitted to operate as a strip club in alignment with restaurant and performance restrictions

Note: Bolded measures indicate new measures coming into effect as of May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.


Related Topics

Health and Wellness

Get help navigating Ontario’s health care system and connecting with the programs or services you’re looking for. Learn more