Starting Monday, January 31, at 12:01 a.m., Ontarians can go back to enjoying meals at their favourite restaurants again, as indoor dining will reopen at 50% capacity.
Gathering limits are also increasing from five to 10 people indoors, while outdoor gatherings will be able to have up to 25 people.
Everyone who’s been missing their weekly workouts at the gym can go back for a proper sweat, as fitness facilities will reopen at half capacity.
The following services and venues will be able to reopen or remain open at 50% capacity:
Shopping mallsMovie theatresRetailers, including grocery stores and pharmaciesMeeting and event spacesNon-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gymsAmusement parks, water parks, and recreational amenitiesMuseums, galleries, zoos, aquariums, and other similar spotsCasinos, bingo halls, and other gaming venuesReligious services, rites, and ceremoniesConcert venues, sporting events, and other spectator areas (either at half capacity or a max of 500 people)
Contact tracing will be a thing of the past
Starting this Monday, businesses will no longer be required to gather guest information for contact tracing purposes.
“This is aligned with recent changes to the testing and case and contact management guidance and will allow businesses to focus their efforts on the enforcement of other public health measures in these settings, such as masking requirements,” the ministry said.
Whenever there is a significant exposure, local public health units will still be able to notify residents about it through things like news releases.
You can go back to work
If you’re tired of working from home, as of Monday, the government is lifting the legal requirement to work from home except where necessary.
recommends that individuals who are able to work from home continue to do so, Some health services will resume again
Cancer screening, diagnostic services, pediatrics, private hospitals, independent health facilities, and some ambulatory clinics will resume again as early as Monday.
The Ontario government laid out a timeline for easing public health measures over the next couple of months, with the next date for major changes set for February 21.