Here’s the full list of restrictions in Ontario lockdown zones

Ontario has modified the grey zone rules for outdoor dining, outdoor fitness and hair salons


Update (April 7, 2021): This story has been updated from previous versions. The province has suspended the colour-coded framework and implemented an “emergency brakeand issued a new stay-at-home order.

Ontario is suspending the colour-coded COVID-19 response framework effective April 3 at 12:01 am for 28 days. Read the list of shutdown restrictions here. The province has also issued a new stay-at-home order that takes effect on April 8. Read the list of rules here.

Previous story continues below:

Toronto and Peel Region re-entered the grey lockdown zone on March 8 at 12:01 am when the stay-at-home order expired.

The grey level restricts outdoor gatherings to 10 people and allows virtual and drive-in events to resume. Residential eviction enforcement, suspended under the stay-at-home order, has also resumed.

The province has modified the grey lockdown restrictions in the COVID-19 response framework to allow non-essential retailers to reopen with capacity limits.

On March 26, the Ford government announced the rules would be modified again to allow outdoor fitness classes, outdoor personal training and outdoor team training to resume on March 29.

Capacity will be a maximum of 10 patrons and everyone must stay at least three metres apart. Classes and training will require a reservation and patron screening, the province said in a statement.

The province will also allow personal care services to resume operation in grey zones on April 12 at 12:01 am.

Barber shops, hair and nail salons and tattoo shops can operate at 25 per cent capacity or with five patrons (which ever is less), subject to physical distancing. Personal care services must operate by appointment only.

Previously, the grey zone rules were modified again to allow outdoor dining to resume.

The outdoor dining rules, which came into affect at 12:01 am on March 20, require patrons to wear masks when not eating and drinking. People may only sit with members of their same households – the exceptions are caregivers and people who live alone.

“While some regions are proceeding to levels with less restrictive measures and adjustments are being made to dining capacity, everyone must continue to adhere to all public health and workplace safety measures,” Chief Medical Officer of Health David Williams said.

“We have entered the third wave of the pandemic and the rates of variants of concern continue to rise so it is important that people remain cautious and vigilant in order to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 and protect themselves and their communities.” 

Provincial public health officials have said Ontario is in an uncertain part of the pandemic as fast-spreading COVID-19 mutations rise as the vaccination campaign ramps up.

“As we continue vaccinating more Ontarians, it remains critical for everyone to continue to follow public health measures and stay home as much as possible to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities,” Health Minister Christine Elliott has said.

She also said fast-spreading variants of concern are steadily increasing at a “worrisome” rate in both areas. “We want to be cautious at this time.”

Public health officials continue to advise people in the lockdown zones to stay home and only go out for work, school, exercise, groceries and other essential needs.

Toronto first entered the lockdown zone last November, until the Ford government suspended the colour-coded framework on Boxing Day as part of a “province-wide shutdown.”

In response to surging cases, Ontario implemented the stay-at-home order on January 14, which introduced tougher penalties for businesses and residents caught violating rules.

Below is the full list of updated (as of March 27) Ontario lockdown restrictions in Toronto, Peel Region and any other regions in the grey zone:

Organized public events, social gatherings and religious services, rites and ceremonies

  • No indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household
    • Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation
  • Limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 10 people outdoors
  • Limits for religious services rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, where physical distancing can be maintained (applies in any venue other than a private dwelling):
    • 10 people indoors
    • 10 people outdoors
  • Virtual and drive-in events and religious services, rites or ceremonies permitted

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Restaurants, bars and food or drink establishments

  • Indoor dining prohibited
  • Outdoor dining, take out, drive through and delivery permitted, including alcohol
  • Capacity limited to allow physical distancing of two metres to be maintained
  • No buffet-style service
  • Lineups and patrons congregating outside venues managed by venue; two metres distance and face covering required
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Require patrons to be seated; two metres minimum or impermeable barrier required between tables
  • Patrons may only be seated with members of their same households, with limited exceptions for caregivers and people who live alone
  • Require contact information for all seated patrons
  • Face coverings required except when eating or drinking only
  • Personal protective equipment, including eye protection required when is a worker must come within two metres of another person who is not wearing a face covering
  • Establishments must be closed from 10 pm to 5 am
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 am to 9 pm
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 pm to 9 am
  • Dancing, singing and the live performance of music is prohibited
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible
  • Night clubs and strip clubs only permitted to operate as restaurant or bar
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Outdoor Fitness Classes, Outdoor Team Training, and Outdoor Personal Training (effective March 29)

  • No patrons are permitted to be in the indoor areas of the facility;
  • Requiring patrons to make a reservation (no walk-ins);
  • Limiting the number of patrons to 10 people maximum;
  • Every person must maintain a physical distance of at least three metres from another person and activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within three metres of each other are not permitted;
  • Requiring that the contact information of all patrons be collected and maintained for a period of a month, and be made available for disclosure if required;
  • All patrons must be actively screened in accordance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
  • Limiting the volume of music and requiring the implementation of measures to reduce/not encourage loud talking, singing or shouting;
  • Prohibiting the playing or practising of team sports except for training sessions for members of a sports team that do not include games or scrimmage games;
  • Ensuring that any equipment that is rented to, provided to or provided for the use of patrons must be cleaned and disinfected between each use and avoiding the use of any equipment or fixed structures that cannot be cleaned and disinfected between each use; 
  • No spectators are permitted, except for any person under the age of 18 who is engaged in activities in the facility may be accompanied by one parent or guardian; and
  • Requiring every person to wear a face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin.

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

  • Facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities are closed except for:
    • The sole use of high performance athletes including parasport athletes, and specified professional leagues (for example, NHL, CFL, MLS, NBA)
    • Specified purposes (for example, day camps, child care)
  • Outdoor recreational amenities (for example, ice rinks, ski hills, snow trails) open with restrictions (for example, no team sports)
  • Community centres and multi-purpose facilities (for example, YMCA) allowed to be open for permitted activities (for example, child care services, day camps, social services)

Meeting and event spaces

Closed with limited exceptions for:

  • child care and day camps for children
  • court services
  • government services
  • mental health and addiction support services (for example, Alcoholics Anonymous) permitted to a maximum of 10 people
  • provision of social services

Retail

New to Grey-Lockdown as of February 2021:

  • In person shopping permitted for all retail, subject to capacity limits of:
    • 50% for supermarkets and other stores that primarily sell groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies
    • 25% for all other retail, including discount and big box retailers, liquor stores, hardware stores and garden centres
  • Curbside pick-up and delivery permitted
  • Stores must post capacity limit publicly
  • Stores must have passive screening for patrons (for example, posting signs outside the store front about not entering if you have COVID-19 symptoms)
    • This does not apply to indoor malls, which are required to actively screen their customers before they enter the mall. Malls can use the patron screening tool to help meet this requirement.
  • Individuals must physically distance and wear a face covering, with some exceptions
  • No loitering in shopping malls, and stores within the malls subject to appropriate retail measures

Personal care services (effective April 12)

  • Implementation of strict capacity limits (The lesser of 25 per cent capacity or five patrons), subject to physical distancing.
  • Requiring that no member of the public may be permitted to enter the premises except by appointment;
  • Appointments must only be made by individuals or with members of the same household;
  • Limiting entry to the premises to only patrons who are receiving a service, with exceptions for a caregiver or children of the patron;
  • Prohibiting patrons from lining up or congregating outside of the establishment unless patrons are able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres and are wearing a face covering;
  • Prohibiting services requiring the removal of a face covering that covers the mouth, nose and chin;
  • Requiring that the contact information of all patrons be collected and maintained for a period of a month, and be made available for disclosure if required;
  • All patrons must be actively screened in accordance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health; and
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment must be worn by people providing personal care services.

In addition:

  • Steam rooms, saunas, and oxygen bars must be closed;
  • Sensory deprivation pods closed (unless they are used for a therapeutic purpose prescribed by, or administered by, a regulated health professional); and
  • Any locker rooms, change rooms, and showers must be closed except to the extent they provide access to a washroom or a portion of the business that is used to provide first aid.

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Closed

Cinemas

  • Closed, except for:
    • drive-in cinemas
    • rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event, with restrictions, which include:
    • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance
    • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier

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Drive-in performances are allowed in the grey level of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework.

Performing arts facilities

  • Closed to spectators
  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted, with restrictions, which include:
    • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metres physical distance except for purposes of the performance
    • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier
  • Drive-in performances permitted
  • safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Amusement parks, water parks

  • Closed

Animal services

  • Services that are permitted include:
    • Veterinary services and other businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters and research facilities
    • Businesses that provide services for the training and provision of service animals
    • Businesses that provide pet services, including pet grooming services, pet sitting services, pet walking services and pet training services

Bathhouses and sex clubs

  • Closed

Boarding kennels and stables

  • Permitted to open for animal’s owner to visit the animal, assist in the care or feeding of the animal or, as applicable, ride the animal

Campgrounds

  • Campsites must be made available only for trailers and recreational vehicles that are used by individuals who are in need of housing, or are permitted to be there by the terms of a full season contract
  • Only campsites with electricity, water service and facilities for sewage disposal may be provided for use
  • All recreational facilities in the campground and all other shared facilities in the campground, other than washrooms and showers, must be closed
  • Short-term campground rentals that were reserved on or before November 22, 2020 are permitted; no new reservations after November 22, 2020 permitted, except for individuals who are in need of housing

Cannabis

  • Permitted by curbside pick-up and delivery

Driving instruction

  • In-person driving instruction not permitted
  • Virtual permitted

Household services

  • Domestic and cleaning and maintenance services permitted, including:
    • housekeepers, cooks, maids and butlers
    • personal affairs management
    • nanny services and babysitters
    • other domestic personnel
    • house cleaning
  • Outdoor cleaning and maintenance services permitted, including:
    • indoor or outdoor painting
    • pool cleaning
    • general repairs

Horse racing

  • Training only, no races
  • No spectators

Hotels, motels

  • Permitted to operate except for any pools, fitness centres, meeting rooms and other recreational facilities that may be part of the operations of these businesses

Libraries

  • Open for curbside, delivery and pick-up
  • Patrons permitted to enter libraries for contactless drop-off and pick-up, and to access computers, photocopiers, or similar services
  • May open for permitted services (for example, child care services, AA meetings)
  • No classes

Marinas, boating clubs, golf courses and driving ranges

  • Marinas and boating clubs permitted
  • Clubhouses, restaurants, pools, meeting rooms, fitness centres or other recreational facilities on the premises closed to the public, with limited exceptions
  • Golf courses and driving ranges:
    • Outdoors permitted
    • Indoors closed
  • Indoor shooting ranges closed

Media industries

  • Sound recording, production, publishing and distribution businesses
  • Film and television production, including all supporting activities such as hair, makeup and wardrobe, are permitted to open if they meet the following conditions:
    • No studio audiences may be permitted to be on the film or television set
    • The set must be configured and operated in such a way as to enable persons on the set to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from other persons, except where necessary for the filming of the film or television production
    • Persons who provide hair or makeup services must wear appropriate personal protective equipment
    • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier
  • Film and television post-production, visual effects and animation studios are permitted
  • Book and periodical production, publishing and distribution businesses are permitted
  • Interactive digital media businesses, including computer system software or application developers and publishers, and video game developers and publishers are permitted

Motorsports

  • Closed

Museums and other cultural amenities (for example, art galleries, science centres)

  • Closed (indoors) to members of the public
  • Drive-in or drive-through only

Nightclubs

  • Only permitted to open if they operate as a restaurant, bar or other food and drink establishment (takeout, drive-through and delivery service only)

Personal services

  • In-person personal services not permitted, including:
    • personal shoppers
    • party and wedding planners
    • personal organizer services
    • personal physical fitness or sports trainers
    • house sitters

Photography studios and services

  • Commercial and industrial photography permitted
  • Retail photo studios closed

Real estate agencies

  • Permitted to operate; property showings by appointment only

Short-term rentals

  • Existing reservations as of November 22, 2020 honoured regardless of when the rental occurs
  • No new reservations after November 22, 2020 permitted, except for individuals who are in need of housing
  • This does not apply to hotels, motels, lodges, resorts and other shared rental accommodation, including student residences

Strip clubs

  • Only permitted to open if they operate as a restaurant, bar, or other food and drink establishment (takeout, drive-through and delivery service only)

Tour and guide services

  • Closed

Animal services

  • Services that are permitted include:
    • Veterinary services and other businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters and research facilities
    • Businesses that provide services for the training and provision of service animals
    • Businesses that provide pet services, including pet grooming services, pet sitting services, pet walking services and pet training services

Zoos and aquariums

  • Closed (indoors) to members of the public except for drive-in or drive-through events
  • Permitted to operate for the care of animals

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Comments (14)

  • Susanne Cooper November 22, 2020 08:22 PM

    thank you for the comprehensive list of facilities, services available /not available under the Toronto lockdown mandate. It was a good and understandable guide. We will comply fully because we were given a clear outline of our limitations.

  • Dianne November 22, 2020 11:46 PM

    I agree with Susanne Cooper. This was a complete and very clear list. Thank you for taking the time to post this.

  • SHARMIN YASMIN November 23, 2020 12:46 AM

    Awesome ?

  • Deborah Brown November 23, 2020 08:22 AM

    I do not understand how a house cleaners, maids and butlers are able to come into your home if they do not live there yet your own children or grandchildren are not able to come into your home, please explain. A housekeeper, maid or butler are not an essential service in any respect. This is a service for the wealthy

    • Gary G November 27, 2020 01:31 PM

      For a few reasons…I’ll hope 1 suffices. But first, why would you think these are only services for the wealthy? What about the infirm or elderly, or some just at work and just wants the house cleaned?
      There is very little reason to be within 6 ft of a house cleaner/maid, or even in the same room. You could even leave the house if you want, if you are even home for the service. A family visit is social. Your grandchildren visiting staying upstairs while you are downstairs is highly unlikely! The government is trying to keep any part of the economy open that allows for distance. You can visit family via phone, video or outdoors. None of this is new, so why the confusion?

    • Tracy Villeneuve November 28, 2020 12:17 PM

      Replay to Deborah Brown the cleaning of a home is not only for the wealthy. Someone that has been in a car accident and is unable to tend to their own daily/weekly cleaning needs can have them provided under insurance. Maids, butlers and housekeepers are essential to the people that require them and yes some of the people that procure their services may be wealthy, but that is not the case in all scenarios. We as humans need to be more caring of each other and less judgmental.

      Your children and grandchildren not being able to visit in your home is to protect you from Covid. This pandemic seems like a punishment I know, but we will get through it and when our children, grandchildren, friends and other family members are once again allowed into our homes we will be more grateful then ever.

    • Celina Davies. December 11, 2020 02:51 PM

      Replay to I agree wth you

  • E. St. Denis December 5, 2020 08:16 PM

    The article helped me with what is open in Toronto. Thanks

  • Shirley Bartholomew December 11, 2020 03:14 PM

    I see that day cares are not listed here …are they included in the closing of schools

  • IRV WEISER December 12, 2020 10:22 AM

    I feel we should let small business open under the certain conditions of so many at one time in the store and with masks on. If we only leave the box stores open and can sell all they want besides food get ready for an economic meltdown of enormous preportions in 2021.Lost jobs, empty stores, empty homes and condos,unpaid mortgages, unpaid loans,unpaid everything ,suicide upswing and higher criminal effects such as robberies out of desperation. You can convince anyone if they or their family are starving.

  • Ryan S. December 21, 2020 03:28 AM

    what about manufacturing

  • Jen Bailey December 22, 2020 10:10 AM

    I agree that smaller shops should be able to stay open but unfortunately many of them as I have seen first hand, make little or no attempt to control their numbers. I am a small business supporter but we have to have access to essential items It seems the big box stores have adequate space to distance while keeping many people employed.
    What else can we do during these terrible times?

  • John January 23, 2021 10:47 AM

    The big box stores are NOT following the rules, I was in Walmart last week at the Dufferin Mall, people crowded around food masks off and talking and neither was their social distancing, and the government knows that, (got out ASAP) but Ford and his cronies permit them to stay open.
    The reason they can stay open is big corporations run things and the government; in the end it’s not about how many people get sick or die, it’s all about money. You think the government cares about how many people die, think again.

    This government will pay a huge price come election time.

    • Dominic Cardarelli March 20, 2021 09:11 PM

      Nobody gives a shit about people anymore. Unfortunately for us, Doug Ford may win another election, because the people of Ontario believe everything he says. God help us when he wins.

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