COVID-19 Information Centre

This page is the primary resource for everyone at Loyalist College for information about our response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. We will continue to follow the advice of our public health authorities and the Government of Ontario as the situation evolves. Please check back to this page often for updates.

Updated: September 17, 2021


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COVID-19 Vaccines

All Ontario residents 12+ are eligible to book a vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, or a local pharmacy, and we recommend students and employees get vaccinated as soon as possible. 

Beginning August 30, staff and students will be able to get vaccinated at the College’s own immunization clinic through the Student Health Centre. If you are fully vaccinated or partially vaccinated you are required to add your vaccine record(s) to the PPA Vaccine Tracker. Click here for instructions.

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Key Updates


Message from the President

Date: August 30, 2021

Subject: COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Return to Campus Update

Dear Loyalist College Community,

In just over a week, we will be welcoming you back to campus for the start of the 2021-22 academic year. We understand that everyone has experienced the COVID-19 pandemic differently and that members of our community are at various stages of returning to campus. It is our duty to always protect the health and safety of our students and employees. We take this commitment to heart because all members of our community remain our priority.  

As you know, on August 17, the College announced its plan to implement a mandatory vaccination policy; a decision advised and supported by local Public Health (please refer to Loyalist’s Fall Term 2021 COVID-19 Vaccination Policy). The province’s direction to make vaccination policies mandatory for high-risk settings, and recommendations from the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health, align with the College’s procedures. We will alter or vary the requirements of this policy to comply with any official requirements and as necessary to continue protecting the Loyalist community.

It is my hope that this message provides you with everything you need to return to campus safely. 

Keeping Our Campus Safe

Important Dates

  • Effective Monday, August 30, 2021, the campus will move to a passive screening process and all entrances/exits will be available. All one-way signage will be removed and normal traffic flows will return.
  • By September 7, 2021, all employees and students who wish to visit campus must have received one dose of a Health Canada or WHO approved COVID-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated no later than November 1, 2021. 
  • To meet the November 1, 2021 deadline, the second dose of the vaccine must be received no later than October 18, 2021. 
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated will be subject to a rapid testing protocol and must produce a negative result within 72 hours prior to gaining access to campus. Rapid testing will be available on campus from September 7, 2021, to November 1, 2021, and occur on Mondays and Wednesdays. It is the responsibility of staff and students to obtain a rapid test, and to produce a negative test result, within the 72-hour window in order to be present on campus for any reason. As of November 1, 2021, access to campus will require full vaccination unless a formal exemption has been granted.

Submitting Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

  • Proof of vaccination and attestations can be submitted through the College’s Personal Protective Application (PPA). Users must log on with their Loyalist College credentials (email address and password).
  • The Application can be downloaded via one of these links: Windows Desktop, Apple App Store, Google Play Store.
  • The PPA is to be used for your personal COVID screening every time you come to campus as well as uploading proof of vaccinations and proof of a negative COVID test. This data will be used by Public Health for the purposes of contact tracing and by Loyalist College for compliance with the policy.

Exemptions

  • Loyalist will consider, on an individual basis, requests from students and employees for exemptions on medical grounds and/or because of their creed/religion, as defined by the Ontario Human Rights Code, and will provide accommodations to the extent required by law.
  • Requests for exemption must be submitted through the College’s Personal Protective Application (PPA). Requests must include a completed form as per below.
  • Exemption request forms may be downloaded from the myLoyalist portal:
  • Exemptions will be adjudicated by a third party and decisions will be communicated to the applicant via the Personal Protective Application (PPA). Please note that an approved exemption does not necessarily mean that you can come to campus. The College will review all approved exemptions to determine the appropriate accommodation that can be provided.

Academic Program Delivery

We are planning for a gradual but progressive return to on-campus academic program delivery. We are awaiting further guidance from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities this week and will continue to follow and respond to guidance from our local Public Health unit. We will provide an update on academic program delivery as soon as possible and no later than Friday, September 3, 2021.

On-Campus Protocols and Supports

The College’s Fall 2021 Roadmap outlines what you can expect when returning to campus and the various measures that can be expected, including links to mental health, counselling and wellness supports. On-campus protocols include:

  • Prior to accessing campus, one must complete the self-screening process via the Loyalist College Personal Protective Application (PPA).
  • All individuals on campus will be required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Hand washing, sanitization and staying home when feeling ill will also be required.

On-Campus Immunization Clinic

The Loyalist College Health Centre is now accepting appointment bookings for COVID-19 vaccinations. The vaccine is provided by Public Health and will be either Pfizer or Moderna. Appointment timeslots will become available, on a weekly basis, until the end of October. Please schedule your appointment by filling out the form.

  • Location: Room 1H7, 376 Wallbridge-Loyalist Road, Belleville, ON 
  • Additional Information: Please wear a mask to your appointment and bring your Health Card with you. 

On September 7, 2021 the College will be hosting an open drop-in clinic in Alumni Hall. No appointment is needed. 

Resources

On behalf of everyone at Loyalist, thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe. As a deeply caring and supportive College, we are here to help you through this transition, and answer any questions you may have, so you can have a successful, rewarding and fulfilling academic year. I look forward to seeing you on campus in September.

Sincerely,
Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President & CEO
Loyalist College


Date: August 17, 2021

Subject: Loyalist College to Require Vaccinations for On-Campus Students and Employees

Dear College Community, 

Over the past week we have seen concerning developments in the spread of COVID-19, and its variants, across the province, country and around the world. Since the start of this pandemic, we have put the health and well-being of our community first and will continue to do that as part of our dedicated safe return to campus this Fall.  

While local case counts remain relatively low, we are seeing an increase in COVID-19 variants. In addition, vaccination rates in the region have stagnated, especially among those in the 18 to 29-year age group. 

With the advice and support of local Public Health, Loyalist College will be implementing a vaccine policy requiring all individuals intending to be on campus to be fully vaccinated no later than November 1, 2021. 

  • By September 7, 2021, all employees and students who wish to visit campus must have received one dose of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated no later than November 1, 2021. 
  • The College defines fully vaccinated as having received two Health Canada approved vaccine doses and having completed the 14-day waiting period following the second dose.  
  • In order to meet the November 1, 2021 deadline, the second dose of the vaccine must be received no later than October 18, 2021. 
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated will be subject to a rapid testing protocol and must produce a negative result prior to gaining access to campus.  
  • Rapid testing will be available on campus from September 7, 2021 to November 1, 2021. After November 1, 2021, access to campus will require full vaccination unless a formal exemption has been granted. 
  • Individual requests for exemption will be considered on the basis of medical grounds and/or creed/religion.  
  • There will be no changes to our previously communicated requirements for students living in Residence and Varsity athletes and coaches. 
  • At this time, visitors will not be permitted at the College unless deemed essential and with pre-approval. Further, no external events, except for those already approved, will be permitted. 
  • On-site immunization clinics will be in place at the Belleville campus as of August 30, 2021.  

This policy will not impact our current plan for a hybrid delivery model, and we know widespread vaccination is our best strategy towards a safe and rapid return to on-campus life. We take the safety of our community very seriously and this decision is in alignment with other post-secondary institutions across the province. As we know, the pandemic is very fluid and changes swiftly. Given these constantly changing factors we may need to modify and adapt these requirements closer to November 1, 2021 based on changing data and direction. Our overall objective is to return to a more normal delivery – in order to do that, we must insist on vaccinations for the health and safety of our students and employees. Further details to support this policy and its implementation will be available in the next week. 

On-campus protocols: 

  • In advance of coming to campus, individuals must complete an online attestation form verifying their vaccination status by uploading supporting documents. This information will be accessible to a very small number of critical Loyalist College employees who require it for Public Health and safety reasons. 
  • From September 7 to November 1, 2021 there will be a rapid testing protocol in place on campus for those who have not yet been fully vaccinated. 
  • All individuals on campus will be required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.  
  • Hand washing, sanitization and staying home when feeling ill will also be required. 

We know this decision hits right at people’s core values and beliefs. Some people will fully embrace and champion this approach, and others may feel conflicted. These types of conflicts are some of the very hardest we face as humans and are the hardest we have faced in this pandemic. How we respond to that conflict with each other — whether with kindness and respect, or with judgment and accusations — will define our community and demonstrate our commitment to our shared values. We will endeavor, as a community, to nurture a caring and kind culture which enables a safe learning and work environment. 

For more information, please visit: 

Loyalist College’s COVID-19 Information Centre, including FAQs 

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health 

Ontario’s COVID-19 Self-Assessment 

I hope you are able to safely enjoy the remainder of your summer, and I look forward to welcoming you back to campus very soon! 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan 
President and CEO 
Loyalist College


Date: July 28, 2021

Subject: A Message from President Vaughan: Loyalist College to reopen to 100% capacity in September

Good afternoon, 

When the College announced its Fall 2021 program delivery plans last month, we remained highly optimistic that we would be able to welcome students, faculty, staff and our valued community partners back to campus.  

As you know, COVID-19 cases have drastically declined throughout the country and Ontario has entered Step Three of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen. We are proud to announce that the Ministry of Colleges and Universities has indicated that all in-person instruction and on-campus activities at Loyalist College may resume this September without capacity limits or physical distancing requirements. 

Program Delivery 

  • The College’s program delivery model includes a full return to pre-pandemic program delivery which includes in-person, hybrid and alternate delivery methods.   
  • As it is important that we remain flexible, each program will have a continuing education plan should a local outbreak or emergency occur. 
  • Our academic teams will be reaching out to students during the week of August 30 to confirm program details.  

As we move toward opening our shared learning spaces and work environments, we will continue to follow guidelines established by Public Health and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.  

Vaccine Expectation 

Vaccination rates remain high in our region with more than 80% of residents 12 and older having received the first dose, and more than 61% having received the second dose. As COVID-19 continues to be a real threat, we remain committed to protecting the health and well-being of our community. COVID-19 vaccines are an effective tool to protect yourself, your family, friends and colleagues from infection. While not mandatory, it is our expectation that all students and employees who plan to access our campuses in person this Fall will be fully vaccinated. 

The College defines fully vaccinated as having received two Canadian-approved vaccine doses and having completed the 14-day waiting period following the second dose. Medical exemptions upon presentation of appropriate documentation will be respected. 

In support of regional vaccination efforts, Loyalist College’s Immunization Centre is accepting walk-in appointments until Friday, August 6. Please visit the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health website for up-to-date information, including hours of operation. As of August 30, the College will be operating its own immunization clinic for staff and students through the Student Health Centre

Campus Life 

  • Masks, hand washing/sanitization and staying home when sick will be required. 
  • Full dining services will recommence. 
  • Residence will be fully functioning, and recreational programming will resume. 
  • To provide exceptional student life and sport experiences, it is required that all Varsity athletes and students in Residence be fully vaccinated. A communication about requirements will be forthcoming to these students. 

We know that the pandemic has been a different experience for everyone, and returning to campus will be met with mixed emotions. As we stated back in May, we remain committed to supporting remote work arrangements where they make sense operationally. And, we are here to support those who work on campus through this transition every step of the way. Please keep an eye on loyalistcollege.com for the Fall 2021 Roadmap, which will guide you in your return to campus, and visit our COVID-19 Information Centre for pandemic-related updates. 

I truly hope you are having a restful summer, and I look forward to welcoming you back to campus this September. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College  


Date: June 25, 2021

Subject: A Message from President Vaughan:  Loyalist College Fall 2021 Program Delivery Plans

Dear College Community,   

Summer has finally arrived, and with it comes great change. As COVID-19 cases continue to decline across the province and Ontario moves through its Roadmap to Reopen, we anticipate more students returning to campus for the Fall 2021 semester, which includes both academic programming and student services.   

Loyalist College’s program delivery reflects the needs of our community and, depending on the program, the delivery method may incorporate one or more of the following:  

In-Person
Face-to-face, on-campus delivery. 
 

Remote
Courses that will be delivered 100% remotely using technology. 
 

Hybrid
A combination of the above two options, with both remote and in-person delivery.  
 

Online
Courses designed specifically to be delivered fully online and are currently offered via Distance Education. 
 

Our academic teams have been reaching out to students to let them know the details of their programs. I encourage you to please visit the College’s Fall 2021 Program Delivery web page for program-specific information and for future updates should we need to amend the scope of delivery.  

This September, Residence will be fully functioning. We are in the process of modernizing some Residence facilities with a plan to offer a hoteling option in Residence for those students in hybrid delivery programs who only need to be on campus for short-term stays. Please visit the Residence web page to apply. 

True to the College’s caring, supportive culture, the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff are always top of mind and our main priority. We have all witnessed how fluid, and often unpredictable, the pandemic can be. Rest assured that we have contingency plans in place should we need to shift our collective program delivery strategies at the direction of Public Health.  
 

For more information, visit:  

Please stay safe, and I very much look forward to connecting with everyone in person as well as online in the Fall. 

Sincerely,    

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan  
President and CEO  
Loyalist College  


DATE: June 11, 2021

SUBJECT: Ontario Moving to Step One of Gradual Reopening, What it Means for Loyalist College and Fall 2021 Delivery Plans

Dear College Community,

As COVID-19 cases are declining across the province and a steady flow of vaccinations are being administered, including at the Regional Immunization Centre on campus, we have now reached a critical mass of vaccinated Ontarians to safely and cautiously begin lifting restrictions. With this in mind, earlier this week the Ontario government announced its plans to move into Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen effective todayFriday, June 11 at 12:01 am.

What does this mean for Loyalist College?

  • Effective today, Friday, June 11, the College has lifted protocols for students and employees travelling to campus from other regions. However, we reserve the right to reinstate these protocols should there be a concerning rise in COVID-19 cases again.
  • The Bookstore will open with limited capacity, per Public Health guidelines.
  • Outdoor seating for Food Services will open with up to four people per table, per Public Health guidelines.

Fall 2021 Delivery Plans:

  • With this news, we remain optimistic that we will be able to begin welcoming students, faculty and staff back to campus for the Fall 2021 semester. At this stage, Loyalist College’s plans for the Fall remain contingent on the successful rollout of vaccinations and continued reduction of Public Health measures.
  • We continue to plan for a significant increase of in-person learning on campus, with a mix of in-person, blended and remote learning options for most programs. A comprehensive Fall 2021 program delivery schedule will be made available in the coming weeks through email and the College website.

Students in Residence: 

  • Residence will be fully functioning, and we are in the process of modernizing some Residence facilities with a plan to offer a hoteling option in Residence for those students who only need to be on campus for short-term stays.
  • Students in Residence are encouraged to book a vaccination as soon as they are able to ensure the health and safety of our on campus community.

Athletics:

  • The Ontario College Athletics Association (OCAA), which is the governing body for college athletics, including the Loyalist Lancers Athletics teams, continues to work towards a safe return to sanctioned competition in 2021-22. The OCCAA remains optimistic that it will be able to return to activity implementing measured sport formats, prioritizing the health and safety of participants.

Will vaccinations be required to come to campus?

  • No. At this time, Public Health has indicated vaccinations will not be a mandatory requirement; however, we strongly encourage all students and employees to get vaccinated as soon as possible.  

All Ontario residents 12+ are now eligible to book a vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system or a local pharmacy, and we recommend students and employees get vaccinated as soon as possible. For those who’ve received their first dose, once you are eligible, you can schedule a second dose via the provincial booking system.

As we begin to enjoy the benefits of the first step in the reopening, like meeting friends on a patio or visiting your favourite local store, we must do so safely by continuing to follow Public Health guidelines. This means continuing to maintain physical distancing requirements and wearing face coverings in indoor spaces and whenever physical distancing is a challenge.

For more information, visit:

Please stay safe, and I very much look forward to reconnecting with all of you in person soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO
Loyalist College


DATE: May 7, 2021

SUBJECT: Well Wishes, Congratulations and Virtual Convocation

Dear Students,

I want to take a moment to express how proud we are of the tremendous strides and outstanding achievements you’ve made throughout the 2020/21 academic year. To put it plainly – it hasn’t been easy. The challenges you’ve faced may have felt, at times, insurmountable, but you did it. As Ashley Macdonald, second-year Paramedic student and recipient of the Ontario Remembrance Scholarship stated so eloquently, “Climbing a mountain and seeing the view from the top is more beautiful if you struggled to get there and achieved something in the process of climbing. There is strength in enduring difficult experiences and learning to thrive.” 

We’re at the top of the mountain together, reflecting on the difficult journey and looking at the terrain ahead.

Whether you’re finishing your first semester, continuing your studies in the Fall or graduating this June, you’re thriving – and flourish, you most certainly will! Congratulations!

Returning Students

We know that summer employment is critical for helping you financially prepare for the Fall. The College’s Career Centre is an invaluable resource for employment assistance. In addition to the job posting board, our Career Centre team can also assist with résumé reviews and interview preparation.

In August, you’ll receive access to the College’s Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships application and I encourage each and every one of you to apply. Please continue to check your Loyalist College email for updates about Fall 2021 program delivery and other important updates.

Graduating Class of 2021

We are deeply disappointed that due to the ongoing pandemic, we’re unable to host an in-person Convocation ceremony. Much internal discussion and ideation occurred around how we could safely host a ceremony. But, given Ontario’s current state of emergency and outlook for the Spring, the risk is far too great. We are, first and foremost, concerned about the health and well-being of our College community and committed to keeping everyone safe. However, this will not stop us from celebrating this exceptional, well-deserved milestone with you! During the week of June 21, 2021, over the course of four days, the College will host 16 virtual Convocation ceremonies. More details will be shared in the coming weeks and I hope you will join us online, with your family and friends.

On behalf of everyone at Loyalist College, congratulations, and thank you for everything you have done to make this year a success! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan,
President and CEO
Loyalist College


ADDITIONAL COMMUNICATIONS


Keeping Our Community Safe

 

Creating and ensuring a safe working and learning environment is of the utmost importance to Loyalist College. Our Pandemic Committee has been working closely with our Public Health partners as well as our own Student Health Centre medical personnel, faculty with expertise in infectious disease, and occupational health and safety professionals, to protect our students, employees and partners.

 

Loyalist has taken very strict preventative safety measures, including:

  • Reconfiguring our facilities to ensure physical distancing;
  • Increasing security and introducing an app to track the arrival and exit of all individuals at limited entry and exit points;
  • Providing complimentary face masks to those on campus and requiring face masks to be worn;
  • Increasing the number of hand sanitizer stations located throughout campus and disinfectant wipes in classrooms and labs;
  • Posting hand washing guidelines in washrooms;
  • Stocking PPE and critical cleaning products such as wipes, replacement hand sanitizer solution, masks, gloves, and soap;
  • Redesigning our Student Success services online to easily connect students with mentors, resources and informational sessions;
  • Having employees work from home where possible to meet business needs remotely;
  • Closing public gathering spaces;
  • Offering student residents single occupancy rooms only within units of students in the same programs, where possible;
  • Providing detailed training documentation on the processes and protocols of returning to campus;
  • Introducing a COVID-19 testing facility on campus to support students and employees;
  • Establishing quarantine facilities to provide student accommodations in the event a student tests positive for COVID-19; and
  • Ensuring that any students who arrive from outside the country complete a 14-day off-campus quarantine period prior to being allowed on campus.

The health and safety of our College community, including our industry partners, is a top priority and we will continue to go above and beyond to demonstrate our commitment and care.

Here are some additional resources:

 


Face masks required to be worn in campus buildings

All individuals must wear non-medical masks/face coverings inside Loyalist College buildings. The College will provide students and staff with reusable cloth masks; we encourage you to bring these masks with you when coming to campus. If needed, a supply of disposable masks is available on-site, including at the main entrance.

There are some exceptions that apply. A mask is not required if you:

  • Are outdoors and maintain a two-metre distance from others;
  • Have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask/face covering safely;
  • Are behind a physical barrier, such as plexiglass; or
  • Are in an area not open to the public (e.g. in a private office) and your workspace permits a two-metre distance from others.

Masks are still required when you are:

  • Entering and leaving campus buildings;
  • Travelling to or through public areas such as hallways or washrooms; or
  • Are within two metres of another person without a physical barrier in place.

The health and well-being of our students and staff is always our top priority. Thank you for helping us keep our community safe.


News Releases & Updates

July 9, 2021
Ontario Moving to Step Three of Roadmap to Reopen on July 16
Government of Ontario

TORONTO — With key public health and health care indicators continuing to improve and the province-wide vaccination rate surpassing the targets outlined in the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health the Ontario government is moving the province into Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021.

“Thanks to the tireless efforts of our frontline heroes, and the ongoing commitment of Ontarians to get vaccinated, we have surpassed the targets we set in order to enter Step Three of our Roadmap,” said Premier Doug Ford. “While this is welcome news for everyone who wants a return to normal, we will not slow down our efforts to fully vaccinate everyone who wants to be and put this pandemic behind us once and for all.”

In order to enter Step Three of the Roadmap, Ontario needed to have vaccinated 70 to 80 percent of individuals 18 years of age or older with one dose and 25 percent with two doses for at least two weeks, ensuring a stronger level of protection against COVID-19. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Ontario’s health care partners, as of July 8, 2021, over 77 percent of the population in Ontario ages 12 and over have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and over 50 percent have received their second dose. More than 16.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered province-wide.

The province also needed to see continued improvement in other key public health and health care indicators, including hospitalizations, ICU occupancy and the weekly cases incidence rates. After entering Step Two, during the period of June 29 to July 5, 2021, the provincial case rate decreased by 23.3 percent. As of July 8, the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs is 202, including three patients from Manitoba, as compared to 286 two weeks ago. The province expects these positive trends to continue over the coming days before entering Step Three.

“Ontario has continued to see improvements in key health indicators, allowing the province to move to Step Three of the Roadmap and safely resume more of the activities we’ve missed,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “While this is exciting news, we most still remain vigilant and continue to follow the public health measure we know work and keep us safe. Vaccines remain our ticket out of the pandemic so if you haven’t booked your appointment yet, please do so today.”

Step Three of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions.
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people.
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancing.
  • Indoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect.
  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities to open subject to a maximum 50 percent capacity of the indoor space. Capacity for indoor spectators is 50 percent of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less. Capacity for outdoor spectators is 75 percent of the usual seating capacity or 15,000 people, whichever is less.
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces permitted to operate with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect and capacity limited to not exceed 50 percent capacity or 1,000 people, (whichever is less).
  • Essential and non-essential retail with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres.
  • Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres.
  • Museums, galleries, historic sites, aquariums, zoos, landmarks, botanical gardens, science centres, casinos/bingo halls, amusement parks, fairs and rural exhibitions, festivals, with capacity limited to not exceed 50 percent capacity indoors and 75 percent capacity outdoors.
  • Concert venues, cinemas, and theatres permitted to operate at:
    • up to 50 percent capacity indoors or a maximum limit of 1,000 people for seated events (whichever is less).
    • up to 75 percent capacity outdoors or a maximum limit of 5,000 people for unseated events (whichever is less); and up to 75 percent capacity outdoors or a maximum of 15,000 people for events with fixed seating (whichever is less).
  • Real estate open houses with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres.
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and resto-bars, permitted up to 25 percent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

Face coverings in indoor public settings and physical distancing requirements remain in place throughout Step Three. This is in alignment with the advice on personal public health measures issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada, while also accounting for Ontario-specific information and requirements. Face coverings will also be required in some outdoor public settings as well.

Please view the regulation for the full list of public health and workplace safety measures that need to be followed.

“Thanks to the continued efforts of Ontarians adhering to public health measures and advice, as well as going out to get vaccinated, we have seen most key health indicators continue to improve,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “However, the pandemic is not over and we must all remain vigilant and continue following the measures and advice in place, as the Delta variant continues to pose a threat to public health.”

The province will remain in Step Three of the Roadmap for at least 21 days and until 80 percent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 percent have received their second, with no public health unit having less than 70 percent of their eligible population aged 12 and over fully vaccinated. Other key public health and health care indicators must also continue to remain stable. Upon meeting these thresholds, the vast majority of public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity limits for indoor and outdoor settings and limits for social gatherings, will be lifted. Only a small number of measures will remain in place, including the requirement for passive screening, such as posting a sign, and businesses requiring a safety plan.

Ontario’s epidemiological situation is distinct from other jurisdictions and the Delta variant is the dominant strain in Ontario, which is not the case with some other provinces. As a result, on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, face coverings will also continue to be required for indoor public settings. The Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to evaluate this need on an ongoing basis.


Quick Facts

  • On June 30, 2021, the province moved into Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen, based on the province-wide vaccination rate and continued improvements in key public health and health system indicators.
  • The Ontario government has released the Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to reopen the province and ease public health measures based on the province-wide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators.
  • With a majority of Ontario adults having received their first dose of the vaccine, providing a strong level of protection from COVID-19, the province is accelerating eligibility to book a second dose appointment, including for children and youth aged 12 to 17.

Fact Sheets