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Reopening Plan Timeline


Enclosed in this email you will find the Ontario press release, helpful reference infographics and details about the Opt-In Program available for specific sectors who wish to take part in the proof of vaccination program starting Monday October 25th. 

We recommend that you save the images enclosed in this email as they serve as guiding documents for the Ontario Reopening Plan.

Please note that any dates mentioned are subject to change in the event of key metrics showing signs of increased stress on our healthcare system, covid case numbers, and hospitalizations - our local health unit also hold the right to reintroduce covid safety measures based on their own data and findings.

Information in this email regarding the Opt-In program was received prior to the public press release as we have been included in briefings and Q&A sessions due to our involvement in the Rapid Antigen Program. For any questions regarding the Opt-In program please contact our Executive Director Megan at

Long-Term Covid-19 Reopening Plan Press Release:

As you may have seen the Province of Ontario has shared the longterm recovery plan to reopen Ontario. Read the release below:

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Termwhich outlines the province’s gradual approach to lifting the remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022. The plan will be guided by the ongoing assessment of key public health and health care indicators and supported by local or regional tailored responses to COVID-19.
Ontario will slowly and incrementally lift all remaining public health and workplace safety measures, including the provincial requirement for proof of vaccination and wearing face coverings in indoor public settings, over the next six months. This phased approach will be guided by the ongoing assessment and monitoring of key public health and health system indicators, such as the identification of any new COVID-19 variants, increases in hospitalizations and ICU occupancy and rapid increases in transmission to ensure that public health and workplace safety measures are lifted safely. 
In the absence of concerning trends, public health and workplace safety measures will be lifted on the following dates:

  • October 25, 2021 
    • Ontario will lift capacity limits in the vast majority of settings where proof of vaccination are required, such as restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments, indoor areas of sports and recreational facilities such as gyms and where personal physical fitness trainers provide instruction; casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments; and indoor meeting and event spaces. 
    • At this time, the government will also allow other settings to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements if they choose to require proof of vaccination.
    • This will not apply to settings where people receive medical care, food from grocery stores and medical supplies. 
  • November 15, 2021
    • The government intends to lift capacity limits in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including food or drink establishments with dance facilities.
  • January 17, 2022 
    • In the absence of concerning trends in public health and health care following the winter holiday months and after students returned to in-class learning, the province intends to begin gradually lifting capacity limits in settings where proof of vaccination is not required.
    • Proof of vaccination requirements may also begin to be gradually lifted at this time.
  • February 7, 2022
    • The government intends to lift proof of vaccination requirements in high-risk settings, including night clubs, strip clubs, and bathhouses and sex clubs.
  • March 28, 2022 
    • At this time, it is intended that remaining public health and workplace safety measures will be lifted, including wearing face coverings in indoor public settings.

News Release:
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Opt-In for Proof of Vaccination Screening 


Businesses who choose to opt in must display a sign in their window or door that notifies patrons that your business will be participating. You are not required to report that you are opting in to any regulatory bodies.

Within this framework you are able to choose on a daily basis whether or not you would like to participate, this is primarily expected to be used for functions and events that wish to remove capacity limits. 

By participating in the Opt-In you will no longer be required to reduce capacity or follow distancing guidelines that were previously required in Step 3 of reopening.

Sectors Affected:
- Wedding, Funeral or Religious services
- Personal Care Establishments (Hair Salons, Spas, Tattoo & Piercing etc)
- Indoor Museums, Galleries, Aquariums, Zoos, science centres, landmarks etc.
- Indoor areas of Amusement Parks
- Indoor areas of Fairs, Rural Exhibitions, & Festovals
- Indoor Tours, and Guide services
- Indoor Clubhouses at recreational amenities (Golf Clubhouses etc)
- Open House events provided by Real Estate Agents 
- Indoor Photography Studios & Services

At this time the Opt-In program is NOT applicable for retail businesses. 

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