Thanks to the efforts of Ontarians, key public health and health system indicators are continuing to improve. Over the coming days and weeks, these trends are expected to continue, allowing us to safely accelerate our timelines. In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, our government is cautiously and gradually easing public health measures sooner, with the next phase of measures being eased on February 17, 2022 at 12:01 a.m.
Effective February 17, 2022, Ontario will further ease public health measures, including:
- Increasing social gathering limits to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
- Increasing organized public event limits to 50 people indoors, with no limit outdoors
- Removing capacity limits in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including but not limited to:
- Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities
- Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms
- Meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres
- Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
- Indoor areas of settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements.
- Allowing 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity at sports arenas
- Allowing 50 percent of the usual seating capacity for concert venues and theatres
- Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25 per cent in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including nightclubs, restaurants where there is dancing, as well as bathhouses and sex clubs.
- Increasing capacity limits for indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites, or ceremonies to the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance. Capacity limits are removed if the location opt-in to proof of vaccination or if the service, rite, or ceremony is occurring outdoors.
If public health and health system indicators continue to improve, we intend to take additional steps to ease public health measures on March 1, 2022, including lifting proof of vaccination requirements for all settings. Please view our news release for our comprehensive plan heading into March.
This is great news and a sign of just how far we’ve come together in our fight against COVID-19. While we aren’t out of the woods just yet we are moving in the right direction. Please continue follow all public measures and get vaccinated to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities and ensure that we can continue to move forward.
In addition, as of 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 18, 2022, Ontario is expanding booster dose eligibility to youth aged 12 to 17. Appointments can be booked through the provincial booking system and the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre, as well as at select pharmacies administering the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments will be booked for approximately six months (168 days) after a second dose. To book an appointment online, individuals must be 12 years old at the time of appointment.