Indoor dining and gyms to reopen at 50% capacity on Jan 31

Ontario hopes to lift most of its COVID-19 public health measures by mid-March according to the reopening plan shared by the province today. In the first phase of reopening at the end of month, the Ford government is easing restrictions imposed on January 5 including increasing social gathering limits and allowing indoor dining and gyms to resume operations at 50% capacity.

“The evidence tells us that the measures we put in place to blunt transmission of Omicron are working,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We can be confident that the worst is behind us and that we are now in a position to cautiously and gradually ease public health measures. While February will continue to present its own challenges, given current trends these are challenges we are confident we can manage.”

Effective January 31, 2022 at 12:01 a.m.  social gathering limits will be increased to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

Additionally capacity limits will be increased to or maintained at 50 per cent in a number of indoor public settings including:  

  • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities;
  • Retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies)
  • Shopping malls
  • Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms
  • Cinemas
  • Meeting and event spaces
  • Recreational amenities and amusement parks, including water parks
  • Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and similar attractions
  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
  • Religious services, rites, or ceremonies

Spectator areas of facilities such as sporting events, concert venues and theatres will operate at 50 per cent seated capacity or 500 people, whichever is less.

Enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements would continue to apply in existing settings.

“Thanks to the sacrifices of Ontarians we are starting to see glimmers of hope. However we know the coming weeks will continue to pose challenges, especially for our hospital partners,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “As we continue to chart our path forward, we will continue to take a gradual and cautious approach to lifting public health measures to protect our hospital capacity and ensure patients can continue to access the care they need.”



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