Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen: Public Health Measures in Effect
Ontario has developed the Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely reopen the province’s economy and gradually lift public health measures as Ontario’s vaccine rollout progresses and key public health and health care indicators improve.
The province will remain at each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts the reopening may have on key public health and health system indicators. If at the end of the 21 days the province has met the following vaccination thresholds, and the key public health and health system indicators continue to improve, the province will move to the next step of the roadmap:
- Step 1: 60% of adults vaccinated with one dose
- Step 2: 70% of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20% vaccinated with two doses
- Step 3: 70 to 80% of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25% vaccinated with two doses
The province will enter Step 1 of the Roadmap to Reopen on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.
Below is a summary of the public health measures in place in Step 1.
Roadmap to Reopen – Step 1:
Vaccination rate and key public health and health care indicators required to enter step 1:
- 60% of adults across Ontario must have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Public health indicators, such as hospitalizations, ICU occupancy and new admissions and case rates indicate it is safe for the province to enter Step 1 of the reopening roadmap.
Changes to restrictions:
- Outdoor spaces begin reopening, while indoor settings open with restrictions.
- Up to 10 people can attend an outdoor social gathering or organized public event.
- Outdoor dining is allowed with up to 4 people per table.
- Capacity at essential retailers is limited to 25%.
- Capacity at non-essential retailers is limited to 15%.
- Discount and big box stores can sell all goods.
- Retail stores in malls remain closed unless they have a street facing entrance.
Religious services, rites and ceremonies:
- Indoor services, rites and ceremonies (including weddings and funerals) are capped at 15% capacity of the room.
- Outdoor services, rites and ceremonies (including weddings and funerals) are allowed with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres.
Outdoor sports training:
- Outdoor sports training is permitted (but not games or practices).
- Up to 10 people can attend a fitness class or personal training session.
- Day camps are permitted to open.
- Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks, is permitted.
- Outdoor horse racing is permitted to reopen without spectators.
- Motor speedways are permitted to reopen without spectators.
- Outdoor zoos, landmarks, historic sites, and botanical gardens can reopen, with capacity limited to 15% for ticketed areas.
- Outdoor pools and wading pools are permitted to reopen, with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres.
Ontario entered Step 1 of the roadmap to reopen on Friday, June 11th 2021 at 12:01 a.m. The province will remain in Step 1 for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators.
Consult the Province’s website for more information about Ontario’s Step 1 of the Roadmap to Reopen.
Emergency orders currently in effect under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act have been extended until June 16, 2021:
- O. Reg. 8/21 Enforcement of COVID-19 Measures
- O. Reg. 55/21 Compliance Orders for Retirement Homes
- O. Reg. 271/21 Work Redeployment for Local Health Integration Networks and Ontario Health
- O. Reg. 272/21 Transfer of Hospital Patients
- O. Reg. 293/21 Persons Entering Ontario From Manitoba or Quebec
- O. Reg. 304/21 Work Redeployment for Independent Health Facilities
- O. Reg. 305/21 Regulated Health Professionals
- O. Reg. 317/21 Agreements Between Health Service Providers and Retirement Homes
- COVID-19 Self-Assessment – Online screening tool and recommendations from Ontario's Ministry of Health
- Preventing COVID-19 in the Workplace: Employers, employees and essential service workers
- Ontario Ministry of Health: Sector-specific guidelines and resources
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety: COVID-19 Tip Sheets by sector
- “Stop the Spread” Business Information Telephone Line – Toll-free line for businesses who have questions about how to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic (Government of Ontario)