It’s another big day for Ontario as more businesses are given the green light to open up. Officials have decided to speed up the timeline of Ontario’s reopening plan so that higher-risk settings can open sooner and places that are already open can increase their capacity.

Starting Thursday, capacity limits will be removed entirely at restaurants, bars without dancing, gyms, cinemas, casinos, as well as meeting and event spaces.

Social gatherings are also increasing to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, and organized events are limited to 50 people indoors with no limit outdoors.

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Arenas, theatres, and concert venues are allowed to have 50% of their seated capacity filled up, which means we can finally get back to Raptors and Leafs games.

As for the places reopening, higher-risk settings like nightclubs and restaurants with dancing can open at 25% of their capacity starting February 17th.

Finally, indoor religious ceremonies, as well as weddings and funerals, can invite as many guests as can physically distance inside the venue.

“Given how well Ontario has done in the Omicron wave we are able to fast track our reopening plan,” said Premier Doug Ford in a news release. “While we aren’t out of the woods just yet we are moving in the right direction.”


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Ontario also announced that as of March 1st, capacity limits will be removed entirely at all indoor public settings. At the same time, proof of vaccination requirements will be lifted for all settings.

This means that as of March 1st, you will no longer be required to present your vaccine QR code to go to a gym, attend a concert, or dine indoors at a restaurant.

Travel measures are also beginning to lift. Earlier this week, representatives from the federal government announced the end of PCR test requirements for those wishing to enter Canada. The news marks the end of a months-long requirement.