All businesses must operate in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials. Businesses must check with their local public health unit for any additional advice, recommendations and instructions above and beyond the information below.
The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health issued instruction on screening individuals. Workplaces must screen any workers or essential visitors entering the work environment. For more information, you can see the COVID-19 Screening Tool For Workplaces.
Businesses are required to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that provides protection of the eyes, nose, and mouth, if a worker is required to come within 2 metres of another person who is not wearing a face covering and not separated by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.
Businesses must follow the capacity limits designated to their operating category.
Businesses or places that are open shall ensure that equipment, washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms, showers that are accessible to the public are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition.
Face coverings are required to be worn by members of the public and workers in indoor public places and workplaces, with limited exceptions.
All businesses must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan for their business. A safety plan provides a documented approach to what your workplace needs to do and how you’re going to do it. Ontario has a guide for businesses on how to Develop Your COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan. Templates and samples are also available.
Outdoor patios are permitted to re-open.
- While entering and moving to their table or exiting the area
- While placing or picking up an order
- While paying for an order
- While going to or returning from a washroom
- Line-ups associated with any of the above
- Where necessary for health and safety purposes
Hours of Operation:
The previous operating hour restrictions have been revoked. Establishments are now permitted to operate under regular (pre-covid) hours following the Liquor Act Regulations.
The person responsible for the establishment must, record the name and contact information of every patron that enters an area of the establishment, unless the patron temporarily enters the area to place, pick up or pay for a takeout order, maintain the records for a period of at least one month, and only disclose the records to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request for a purpose specified in section 2 of that Act or as otherwise required by law.
The establishment must actively screen any dine-in patrons in accordance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health before they enter the premises of the establishment.
The person responsible for the establishment must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity they are permitted to operate under.
NOTE: Indoor dining is permitted if the establishment is on hospital premises, in airports or located within a business or place where the only patrons permitted at the establishment are persons who perform work for that business.
Any business providing short term rental accommodation (hotels, motels, lodges, cabins, cottages and other shared rental accommodation) are open.
Any indoor pools, communal steam rooms, saunas or indoor whirlpools, indoor fitness centres or other indoor recreational facilities that are part of the operation will remain CLOSED for the time being.
Any outdoor recreational amenity, including an outdoor pool, splash pad, spray pad, whirlpool, wading pool or water slide can be open so long as these conditions are met: