The order requires all individuals to wear a face covering or mask when in an indoor public space, including businesses and organizations that are open. It also requires all businesses and organizations that are open to the public to take reasonable steps to ensure that any individual entering the premises wears a face covering or mask.
The order also requires all businesses and organizations that are open to the public to post signs at their entrances informing people of the requirement to wear a face covering or mask. The signs must be visible from outside the premises and include information about how individuals can obtain a face covering or mask if they do not have one.
The order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.
The order also requires the following businesses and services to close:
• Indoor dining at restaurants, bars and food or drink establishments;
• Performing arts centres and theatres;
• Concert venues;
• Casinos, bingo halls, gambling establishments;
• Meeting and event spaces (including banquet halls and conference centres);
• Hookah cafes and lounges;
• Spectator areas in racing venues;
• Interactive exhibits or exhibits with high risk of personal contact in museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks and other cultural attractions.
This includes wearing a face covering, practising physical distancing, washing hands often and staying home when ill.
Medical Officer of Health instructions to businesses and recommendations to the public
- Limit all social gatherings and close contact to household members only, with a maximum of two essential supports (i.e. personal support worker)
- Limit in-person activities outside the home to essential activities only â€“ going to work or school, health care, shopping for your household and health needs and getting exercise and physical activity
- All persons to wear masks while using weights and exercise machines in gyms
- Businesses and workplaces to implement work from home wherever possible
- Businesses and workplaces to review heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to ensure they are in good working order
- Businesses and workplaces to appoint a compliance officer to ensure implementation of occupational health and safety and infection prevention and control measures
- Malls and other stores to prohibit the consumption of food and drink by patrons while walking through the premise.
New Medical Officer of Health order
- Indoor consumption of food and drink by patrons remains prohibited at restaurants, bars and food or drink establishments
- Meeting and event spaces, including banquet halls, are closed, as are casinos, bingo halls, other gaming establishments and hookah cafes and lounges
- Indoor group fitness and exercise classes remain prohibited.
Other regulations and orders
- As of tomorrow, Toronto is in the Red â€“ Control category of the Provinceâ€™s COVID-19 response framework. The framework implements a number of measures for individuals and businesses to protect public health, including restricting gatherings to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors (Reopening Ontario Act):
- Individuals must maintain a physical distance of two metres apart in a park, beach or public square from people who are not from their household (City of Toronto Emergency Order No. 1 and No. 2):
- Individuals who have COVID-19 and are not hospitalized, who have symptoms and are waiting for test results, or who have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 must self-isolate at home or in an isolation facility (Health Protection and Promotion Act):
- Travellers entering Canada must self-quarantine for 14 days (Quarantine Act): canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html#a2
- The Cityâ€™s enforcement team is preparing to enforce the new COVID-19 protections coming into effect this Saturday. The teamâ€™s goal remains protecting the health and safety of everyone in Toronto and educating the public and businesses on the new legislation. The team works to help businesses and individuals understand shifting regulations and uses discretion to issue fines and penalties for continued or deliberate non-compliance. Guidance for businesses and community organizations is available online at: