TORONTO – Ontario has released a plan to lift COVID-19 public health measures over several months. Here is the timeline of the province:

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Monday, October 25

Capacity limits are increased in most settings where proof of vaccination is required, such as restaurants, gyms, casinos and indoor event spaces.


Capacity limits are increased in other settings if they choose to require proof of vaccination in personal care services – including salons and tattoo parlors – indoor areas of museums and galleries, amusement parks, festivals and real estate open houses.

Places where weddings, funerals and religious rites take place may also impose proof-of-vaccination requirements for services and ceremonies.

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Monday, November 15

Capacity limits are increased in the remaining settings where proof of vaccination is required, such as nightclubs, wedding receptions in indoor event spaces, strip clubs, bath houses and sex clubs.

Monday, January 17

Depending on the COVID-19 situation, where proof of vaccination is not required, capacity limits begin to increase.

Instructions from the Chief Medical Officer of Health may also start rising.

Evidence of vaccination limits may begin to lift.

Monday, February 7

As long as it is not considered unsafe, proof of vaccination requirements can be raised in high-risk settings such as nightclubs and bath houses.

Monday, March 28

Remaining public health measures can be lifted unless it is deemed unsafe, including the mask mandate.

Remaining proof-of-vaccination requirements may also be raised in other settings, including meeting and event spaces, concerts and cinemas.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 22, 2021.