The Government of Ontario has announced that they will be moving the province into Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen on Friday, July 16 2021 at 12:01 a.m.
Step 3 of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Theatres permitted to operate up to and not exceed 50% capacity indoors and 75% capacity outdoors
- Performers must maintain a physical distance of at least 2 meters from any spectators OR be separated from the audience by a plexiglass barrier
- There are no plexiglass or distance requirement for performers onstage, regardless of instrument
- There is no distinction between indoors and outdoors for performers
- Face coverings and physical distancing requirements remain in place for patrons
- Patrons are permitted to remove face coverings when consuming food and/or drink
- All events must be ticketed and contact tracing information is required of all patrons
- Patrons must complete self-screening prior to attending an event at BPAC
- The venue is sanitized daily, and high touch-point surfaces are sanitized 3x daily
- All patrons must hand sanitize upon entry and maintain physical distancing outside of their social circle
Face coverings in indoor public settings and physical distancing requirements remain in place throughout Step 3. This is in alignment with the advice on personal public health measures issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada, while also accounting for Ontario specific information and requirements. Face coverings will also be required in some outdoor public settings as well.
Please view the regulation for the full list of public health and workplace safety measures that need to be followed.
The province will remain in Step 3 of the Roadmap for at least 21 days and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second, with no public health unit having less than 70 per cent of their population fully vaccinated. Other key public health and health care indicators must also continue to remain stable. Upon meeting these thresholds, the vast majority of public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity limits for indoor and outdoor settings and limits for social gatherings, will be lifted. Only a small number of measures will remain in place, including the requirement for passive screening, such as posting a sign, and businesses requiring a safety plan.
Ontario’s epidemiological situation is distinct from other jurisdictions and the Delta variant is the dominant strain in Ontario, which is not the case with some other provinces. As a result, on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, face coverings will also continue to be required for indoor public settings. The Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to evaluate this need on an ongoing basis.