Ontario reopening: What’s open in Toronto and beyond

Ontario and Toronto are slowly lifting restrictions on what services and facilities can reopen in the wake of COVID-19. This list will be updated regularly


Businesses not closed during COVID-19:

  • Retail with street entrance (curbside pickup)
  • Restaurants (takeout or delivery)
  • Supermarkets
  • Bike stores and bike repair
  • LCBO and The Beer Store
  • Craft distilleries
  • Craft beer shops
  • Cannabis stores
  • Convenience stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Garden centres and nurseries
  • Hardware and safety supply stores
  • Lawn care services
  • Landscaping
  • Gas stations
  • Car dealerships
  • No-touch car washes
  • Golf courses, (clubhouses open only for washrooms, restaurants open only for take-out)
  • Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches for recreational use
  • Private parks and campgrounds (for preparation for the season and for trailers and recreational vehicles with a full-season contract)
  • Stables and businesses that board animals

Open in Ontario as of May 19:

  • Retail services that are not in shopping malls and have separate street-front entrances with measures in place that can enable physical distancing
  • Motor vehicle dealerships
  • Music recording, including production, distribution, publishing and studios
  • Interactive digital media, including programming and development
  • Film and television post-production and animation studios
  • Newspapers, video games and book publishing
  • Research services for physical, engineering and life sciences (biotechnology, agriculture and industrial research and development labs)
  • Heavy vehicle emissions testing facilities
  • Seasonal businesses and recreational activities for individual or single competitors, including training and sport competitions conducted by a recognized national or provincial sport organization. This includes indoor and outdoor non-team sport competitions that can be played while maintaining physical distancing and without spectators, such as tennis, track and field and horse racing
  • Animal and pet care services (grooming, training, regular veterinary appointments)
  • Housekeepers, cooks, cleaning and maintenance
  • Non-essential construction
  • In-person counselling
  • Some scheduled surgeries

Open in Toronto as of May 20:

Toronto lifted restrictions on 850 public park amenities and activities, including:

  • • Picnic shelters
  • • Soccer and multi-use outdoor fields, including running tracks
  • • Baseball diamonds and basketball courts
  • • Some tennis and pickleball courts
  • • Off-leash dog parks
  • • BMX and skateboard parks
  • • City-run golf courses and disc golf locations
  • • Ravine green spaces, beaches, trails and boardwalks for walking, running or biking
  • • Fishing with a licence, boating, kayaking and canoeing

Open in Ontario as of May 27:

The following regulated health professions can resume once guidelines are in place:

  • Audiologists
  • Chiropodists
  • Chiropractors
  • Dental hygienists
  • Dental technologists
  • Dentists
  • Denturists
  • Dietitians
  • Homeopaths
  • Kinesiologists
  • Massage therapists
  • Medical laboratory technologists
  • Medical radiation technologists and sonographers
  • Midwives
  • Naturopaths
  • Nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Opticians
  • Optometrists
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Physicians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists

Open in Toronto beginning May 28:

The city will begin a phased reopening of all park washrooms starting the weekend of May 28, beginning with Trinity Bellwoods Park. Read more here.

Open in Ontario beginning May 31

  • Drive-in movie theatres
  • Batting cages

Open in Ontario as of June 1

Provincial parks will allow backcountry camping, including access points, paddle and portage routes and hiking trails. Day-use activities are expanded to picnicking and off-leash pet areas.

STAGE 2

Open in Ontario as of June 8 and Toronto as of June 24

Stage 2 has now been announced for all regions of Ontario except Windsor-Essex. Here’s what’s included:

  • Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties
  • Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons
  • Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only
  • Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries
  • Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools
  • Museums, galleries and libraries with physical distancing measures in place
  • Beach access and additional camping in provincial parks
  • Camping at private campgrounds
  • Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing
  • Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations
  • Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing
  • Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people
  • Small outdoor events

STAGE 3

Reopening in Ontario as of July 17

The following businesses have been allowed reopen across Ontario, excluding the Toronto area and other regions in southern Ontario. Toronto’s Stage 3 reopening date is still pending.

  • Dine-in restaurants and bars
  • Gyms and fitness centres
  • Concerts
  • Theatre shows
  • Movie theatres
  • Casinos
  • Playgrounds
  • Team sports and live sporting events
  • Tour and guide services
  • Personal care services including facials and ear piercings

READ MORE: Nearly all businesses in Ontario can reopen in stage 3

This list will be updated. Visit the government of Ontario website for more information.

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