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Ontario Announces Lifting of Public Health and Safety Measures starting January 31, 2022 

Ontario Announces Lifting of Public Health and Safety Measures 

The provincial government has announced the lifting of certain public health and safety measures. The Ontario government will follow a phased approach to gradually easing COVID-19 restrictions, with 21 days between each step, starting January 31, 2022.  

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.

 

In addition, several clarifying and housekeeping amendments were approved.

These include:

  • Allowing food or drink services at indoor sporting events, concert venues, theatres and cinemas, bingo halls and other gaming establishments, and horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues. Individuals will be required to remain seated when consuming food or drink in these venues, limiting the number of close contacts while masks are removed. Masks will continue to be required when individuals are not eating or drinking.
  • Removing the requirement for most businesses to collect patron information for contact tracing. This is aligned with recent changes to the testing and case and contact management guidance and will allow businesses to focus their efforts on the enforcement of other public health measures in these settings, such as masking requirements. Public health units continue to have the ability to raise awareness of significant exposures warranting notification, such as through news releases.

Effective February 21, 2022 (Family Day): 

  • Social gathering limits will increase to 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. 
  • Removing capacity limits in indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including but not limited to: 
    • Restaurants; 
    • Indoor sports and recreational facilities; 
    • Cinemas; and 
    • Other settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements. 
  • Permitting spectator capacity at sporting events, concert venues, and theatres at 50% capacity. 
  • Indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is not required capacity will be limited to the number of people that can maintain 2m of physical distance. 
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies limited to the number that can maintain 2m of physical distance, with no limit if proof of vaccination is required. 
  • Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25% in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including: 
    • Nightclubs; 
    • Wedding receptions in meeting or event spaces where there is dancing; and 
    • Bathhouses and sex clubs. 
  • Enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements would continue to apply in existing settings. 

Effective March 14, 2022: 

  • Lifting of 100% capacity limits in all indoor public settings. Proof of vaccination will be maintained in existing settings in addition to other regular measures. 
  • Lifting remaining capacity limits on religious services, rites, or ceremonies. 
  • Increase social gathering limits to 50 people indoors with no limits for outdoor gatherings. 

 

For more information, please visit here. 

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