COVID-19 – Reopening Ontario

Last Edited/Reviewed: 3:20 p.m., June 24, 2021

The province has developed a three-step plan to safely and gradually lift public health measures based on ongoing progress of provincewide vaccination rates and improvements of key public health and health care indicators.


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Moving Through the Steps
Reopening Step 1
Reopening Step 2
Reopening Step 3


Moving Through the Steps

The province will remain at each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators.  It can take up to two weeks for COVID-19 vaccinations to offer protection against the virus.

At the end of the 21 days, the province will evaluate vaccination rates and look for positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators.

If at the end of the 21 days the province has met the following vaccination thresholds, and there are continued improvements in other key public health and health system indicators, the province may 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

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Reopening Step 1

Step 1 of the roadmap will begin when:

  • 60% of Ontario’s adults receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • 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, we will enter step one of the roadmap on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. 

What can reopen in Step 1

Step 1 will allow more outdoor activities to resume with smaller, well-managed crowds where risk of transmission is minimized, and will permit retail, all with restrictions in place. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Outdoor gatherings up to 10 people.
  • Outdoor dining up to 4 people per table.
  • Outdoor fitness classes and personal training and sports training up to 10 people. No games or practices permitted.
  • Essential retail at 25% capacity and can sell all goods (including discount and big box).
  • Non-essential retail at 15% capacity and can sell all goods
  • Retail stores in malls closed unless the stores have a street facing entrance.
  • Indoor religious services, rites and ceremonies including weddings and funerals at 15% capacity of the room.
  • Outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres.
  • Horse racing, motor speedways without spectators.
  • Outdoor pools and wading pools with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres.
  • Outdoor zoos, landmarks, historic sites, and botanical gardens with capacity limited to 15% for ticketed areas.
  • Day camps
  • Overnight camping at Ontario Parks.

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Reopening Step 2

Ontario will remain in step one for at least 21 days. We will then move to Step 2 if:

  • The province has vaccinated 70% of adults with one dose and 20% of adults with two doses.
  • There are positive trends in public health and health system indicators.

What can reopen in Step 2

Step 2 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. This includes but is 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.
  • Essential and other select retail permitted at 50% capacity.
  • Non-essential retail capacity at 25%.
  • Stores in shopping malls open with restrictions.
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services at 25% capacity.
  • Outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, capped at the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres.
  • Overnight camps
  • Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times at 25% capacity
  • Outdoor fitness classes are capped at the number of people who can maintain three metres of distance
  • public libraries permitted at 25% capacity
  • Outdoor meeting and event spaces at 25% capacity
  • Outdoor amusement and water parks at 25% capacity.
  • Outdoor sports games, leagues and events at 25% capacity.
  • Outdoor cinemas, performing arts, live music events and attractions at 25% capacity.
  • Outdoor horse racing and motor speedways at 25% capacity.

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Reopening Step 3

Ontario will remain in step two for at least 21 days. We will then move to Step 3 if:

  • The province has vaccinated 70 to 80% of adults with one dose and 25% of adults with two doses.
  • Positive trends in public health and health system indicators continue.

What can reopen in Step 3

Step 3 will allow indoor services to resume with larger numbers of people, with restrictions in place. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Larger indoor and outdoor social gatherings and organized public events
  • Indoor dining
  • Essential and non-essential retail with limited capacity
  • Larger indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services with capacity limits
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces
  • Indoor sports and recreational facilities
  • Indoor seated events
  • Indoor attractions and cultural amenities
  • Casino and bingo halls
  • Other outdoor activities from Step 2 permitted to operate indoors

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