Here are the new COVID-19 restrictions coming into effect Wednesday

Jan 4 2022, 6:46 pm

Ontario has reintroduced a number of public health measures in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and they go into effect at 12:01 on Wednesday.

The province announced on Monday that it would be returning to a modified Step 2 of its reopening plan beginning January 5. The restrictions will remain in place for at least 21 days. We’ve rounded up all of the reintroduced restrictions:

Social gatherings

  • Social gatherings are limited to five people indoors.
  • Outdoor social gatherings are capped at 10 people.
  • Businesses and workplaces are required to let employees work remotely unless their work requires them to be on site.

Capacity limits

  • Organized public events are limited to five people indoors. Outdoor public events have no capacity limits but masks must be warn if physical distancing can’t be maintained.
  • Weddings, funerals and other religious ceremonies are limited to 50% capacity of the room in which the event takes place. Receptions are limited to the same as social gatherings.
  • Retail settings are limited to 50% capacity. Physical distancing must be maintained in lines.
  • Personal care services are limited to 50% capacity.
  • Public libraries are limited to 50% capacity.


  • Indoor meeting and event spaces will be closed, outdoor spaces may remain open with restrictions.
  • Indoor dining is closed at bars, restaurants and other food establishments. Outdoor dining with restrictions, takeout and delivery are allowed.
  • Indoor concerts, theatres and cinemas will be closed.
  • Museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions, amusement parks and waterparks, tour and guide services and fairs, rural exhibitions, and festivals are to close.
  • Indoor horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues will be closed.
  • Indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities including gyms will be closed. There are exceptions for athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics and select professional and elite amateur sport leagues.
  • Students will move to remote learning from January 5 to at least January 17.

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