Reopening Ontario: Road to Reopen

Published on May 21, 2021

The Roadmap to Reopen is a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures.

The plan is based on:

  • the provincewide vaccination rate
  • improvements in key public health and health care indicators

Until we move to Step 1 of the roadmap, we must all continue to follow the rules and public health measures under the provincewide emergency brake.

Guiding principles

Step 1

An initial focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds where the risk of transmission is lower, and permitting retail with restrictions. This includes:

  • outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people
  • outdoor dining with up to four people per table
  • non-essential retail at 15% capacity

Step 2

Further expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people and with face coverings being worn. This includes:

  • outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people
  • outdoor sports and leagues
  • overnight camps
  • personal care services where face coverings can be worn and with capacity limits
  • indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15% capacity

Step 3

Expanding access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn. This includes:

  • indoor sports and recreational fitness
  • indoor dining
  • museums, art galleries and libraries
  • casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits

Moving through the steps

The province will remain at each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators.

At the end of the 21 days, we will evaluate vaccination rates and look for positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators.

If trends in key public health and health system indicators are positive, the province will move to the next step two weeks after the following vaccination thresholds have been met:

  • Step 1: 60% of adults vaccinated with one dose
  • Step 2: 70% of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20% vaccinated with two doses
  • Step 3: 70 to 80% of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25% vaccinated with two doses