Province lifting some public health restrictions beginning today

On January 5th, additional public health measures were put in place in Ontario to

“… blunt transmission of the Omicron variant and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. As a result of these temporary measures, we are beginning to see signs of stabilization in key public health and health system indicators. Over the coming days and weeks, we expect these trends to continue, allowing us to begin cautiously easing public health measures.”

According to Public Health and “in the absence of concerning trends in public health and health care indicators”, Ontario begins a phased approach to lifting public health measures, with 21 days between each step, beginning today, January 31st (2022) with more changes coming February 21st.

Among the changes in restrictions are:

  • increasing social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
  • increasing capacity at organized public events to 25 people indoors
  • increasing or maintaining capacity limits at 50 per cent in most indoor public settings, including but not limited to:
    • restaurants, bars, other food or drink establishments without dance facilities and strip clubs
    • non-spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities (such as gyms and businesses offering personal fitness training)
    • cinemas
    • meeting and event spaces
    • museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions
    • casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments

For a full list of the changes being implemented, visit: