Today’s announcement has confirmed that the lifting of measures is in fact happening. Please find the most comprehensive outline of those steps below as they roll out at this point over and over the next couple of months.
The provincial government today released details of steps to cautiously and gradually ease public health measures, starting on January 31, 2022.
In the absence of concerning trends in public health and health care indicators, Ontario will follow a cautious and phased approach to lifting public health measures, with 21 days between each step.
Effective January 31, 2022 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario will begin the process of gradually easing restrictions while maintaining protective measures, including:
o Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities;
o Retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies);
o Shopping malls;
o Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms;
o Meeting and event spaces;
o Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and similar attractions; and
o Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
o Religious services, rites, or ceremonies.
Proof of vaccination requirements would continue to apply in existing settings.
Effective February 21, 2022, Ontario will lift public health measures, including:
Enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements would continue to apply in existing settings.
March 14, 2022
Effective March 14, 2022, Ontario will take additional steps to ease public health measures, including:
To manage COVID-19 over the long-term, local and regional responses by public health units may be deployed based on local context and conditions.
Please find the news release outlining the comprehensive plan heading into February and March.