Published Friday, October 9, 2020 1:47PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, October 9, 2020 2:30PM EDT
The province’s top doctor, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams, announced the changes on Oct. 9 as Ontario logged more than 900 new COVID-19 cases for the first time since the pandemic started.
On Oct. 16, the Ontario government announced that York Region will also move back to a modified version of stage 2.
Here is a list of all services, businesses and gatherings impacted by the new changes.
- All social gatherings and organized public events will now only be able to have a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained
- The two limits cannot be combined for an indoor-outdoor event
- Indoor dining
- All indoor food and drink service in restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, including nightclubs and food court areas in malls are prohibited
- Indoor gyms and fitness centres (e.g., yoga studios, dance studios)
- Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
- Performing arts centres and venues
- Spectator areas in racing venues
- Interactive exhibits or exhibits with high risk of personal contact in museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, etc
- Prohibiting personal care services where face coverings must be removed for the service
Reduced capacity limits for services
- Tour and guide services to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
- Real Estate open houses to 10 people indoors, where physical distancing can be maintained
- In-person teaching and instruction to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, with exemptions for schools, child care centres, universities colleges of applied arts and technology, private career colleges etc
- Meeting and event spaces to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
- Limiting team sports to training sessions (no games or scrimmages)
- Schools and places of worship will remain open and must continue to follow the public health measures in place
- Effective Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., updated public health measures will apply to wedding receptions, including new gathering limits of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors at event spaces
- Wedding receptions scheduled for the Thanksgiving weekend may proceed in line with current public health measures