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.


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


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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