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Restaurants, gyms can reopen Jan. 31

There will be a phased reopening, with each step lasting 21 days
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Ontario will start a phased reopening on Jan. 31. 

Ontario has been at a modified Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen since Jan. 5. Under the measures, restaurants are closed to indoor dining and gyms are closed. Schools returned to in-person learning on Jan. 17.

Today, Premier Doug Ford announced the phased approach to reopening, with each step lasting at least 21 days.

Phase one starts on Jan. 31. 

It will mean: 

  • Social gathering increase to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
  • Capacity limits will be increased or maintained at 50 per cent for restaurants and bars, retailers, shopping malls, gyms, cinemas, meeting and event spaces, recreational amenities, museums and attractions, casinos and bingo halls, religious services, rites and ceremonies.
  • Arenas, theatres and concert venues are capped at 500 people or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is less.

Proof of vaccination will still be required at certain settings.

Feb. 21,  the public health measures would be:

  • Social gatherings increase to 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
  • No capacity limits in indoor public setting where proof of vaccination is required. This affects restaurants, indoor sports and recreation facilities, cinemas and other settings opting to use proof of vaccination requirements.
  • Arenas, theatres and concert venues allowed to open at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Limiting capacity in most remaining indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is not required. The cap would require the number be at whatever allows people to maintain two-metres of physical distancing. 
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies limited to the number that can maintain two metres of physical distance, with no limit if proof of vaccination is required.
  • At higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required — such as nightclubs, wedding receptions in meeting or event spaces where there is dancing, bathhouses and sex clubs — the indoor capacity limits will increase to 25 per cent.

Enhanced proof of vaccination would still be required.

March 14 further easing of restrictions would mean:

  • Lifting capacity limits in all indoor public settings. Proof of vaccination to stay in existing settings.
  • Lifting remaining capacity limits on religious services, rites or ceremonies.
  • Increase social gathering limits to 50 people indoors, with no limits for outdoor gatherings.
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