Provincial Rules under the Reopening Ontario Act
Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen is a three-step plan to safely and gradually lift public health measures.
For an overview of provincial rules currently in effect:
For detailed rules, review the regulations below. Note that all regulations include general rules applicable to all settings, followed by additional sector-specific rules.
- Rules for Step 1 - Ontario Regulation 82/20
- Rules for Step 2 - Ontario Regulation 263/20
- Rules for Step 3 - Ontario Regulation 364/20
Step 3 Gathering Limits:
- Maximum of 100 people for outdoor gatherings
- Maximum of 25 people for indoor gatherings
See Ontario Regulation 364/20 for exceptions - note that, if an event is being held at an establishment or place that is exempt from the gathering limits, that event organizers ensure the event is in compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements for the establishment or place. This may include, but is not limited to, collecting contact information for guests, active screening of guests, checking for proof of vaccination status, etc.
Proof of Vaccination Requirements
Effective September 22, 2021, patrons will be required to provide proof of vaccination status to access indoor portions of certain businesses and settings.
Events held at a setting subject to the requirements must review the requirements and ensure they are in compliance. See the resources below for a list of settings that are subject.
Provincial regulations and guidance documents to support the implementation of these requirements are provided here:
- Proof of Vaccination Regulatory Requirements
- Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations
- Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations – Questions and Answers
- Using your Vaccination Receipt- FAQ
Screening Tools for Events
All businesses and organizations are required to actively screen employees prior to entry to the workplace.
If an event is held at an establishment that is required to actively screen patrons, then guests attending the event must be actively screened. For further details and a list of establishment types, visit Screening Patrons - A Tool for Businesses and Organization. It remains strongly recommended that all events actively screen guests. Guests can be asked to complete the online questions the same day as the event prior to arrival and show their result upon entry.
- Ontario’s COVID-19 Worker and Employee Screening Questions
- Ontario’s COVID-19 Customer (Guest) Screening Questions
- This online tool will show the result of the screening on the last page. Guests can bring this result on their device or printed to show upon entry.
Collecting Contact Information for Guests
Many establishments are required to record the name and contact information of every patron that enters an establishment. To determine if your business/organization is required to collect patron information, please visit: COVID-19 public health measures and advice. Operators must maintain these records for at least one month.
It is strongly recommended that all events, even if not held at a location subject to this requirement, collect contact information for all guests.
Section 22 Class Order – Face Coverings
Resources and guidance
- WDGPH COVID-19 Guidance for Weddings - June 10, 2021
- COVID-19 Guidance for Places of Worship - Sept 13, 2021
- COVID-19 Guidance for Donation Programs
- COVID-19 Giving & Receiving Donations Info Graphic
- Getting married during coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions (Ontario)
- Guidance for Winter Activities in the Community
- Going out: Personal and social activities during the COVID-19 pandemic (Public Health Agency of Canada)
- Going Out? Do it Safely! (Public Health Agency of Canada)
- Hosting small gatherings (Public Health Agency of Canada)
- Public Health Agency of Canada: Risk Mitigation Tool for Gatherings and Events Operating During the COVID-19 Pandemic