As of September 22, the Province of Ontario requires proof of vaccination status to access certain non-essential businesses.

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Your Guide to Safely Exploring Toronto

Find information and inspiration to help you plan.

Current Status: Ontario is now in Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen

Toronto is currently in Step 3 of the province's three-step Roadmap to Reopen. This means that public health measures are being safely and gradually lifted based on province-wide vaccination rates and key public health indicators. As of September 22, 2021, proof of vaccination is required to access non-essential businesses.

We've curated links to the most up-to-date information and safety guidelines to help you make more informed decisions and plans. As an added measure, we also recommend that you research the protocols of each place you’re visiting and book reservations or tickets ahead of time online. 

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What you need to know about Step 3

The City of Toronto’s mask bylaws and physical distancing bylaws remain in effect. 

Proof of vaccination: The province of Ontario requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access non-essential businesses, including restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor dining), fitness facilities, meeting and event spaces, sporting events, and concerts. Find more information on the Ontario government website

Gatherings: Limits for social gatherings and organized public events are up to 25 people from different households indoors and up to 100 people from different households for outdoors.

Travel between regions within Canada: There are currently no restrictions on travel to Ontario from other provinces within Canada. However, visitors are still strongly advised to avoid travel between regions of high case counts and those with low or no cases. Learn more about travelling to Ontario from within Canada or abroad.

Travelling from outside Canada? Find more information below on international travel into Canada.

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Chotto Matte Patio In Toronto, Ontario


Restaurants are open for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout or delivery with no limits to the number of patrons per table. Masks or face coverings must be worn when entering the premises (like when using the washroom).

Kensington Market Shopping in summer


All retailers are open for in-person shopping with capacity limits to permit physical distancing. Shopping malls are also open, subject to store and mall capacity limits.

Visitors at the jellyfish wall at Ripley's Aquarium


Attractions can open for indoor and outdoor activities with no capacity limits. Concert venues, theatres and cinemas can open for indoor and outdoor events on a reservations-only basis, as well as museums, casinos, and outdoor drive-in or drive-thru concert venues, theatres and drive-in cinemas.

A person rides a bike through Trinity Bellwoods park

Sports & Recreation

Indoor sports games, leagues, fitness classes, and recreational facilities are open. Playgrounds, parks and sports facilities, such as indoor and outdoor pools, golf courses, tennis courts, basketball courts and skate parks are open with restrictions. 

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Hotels & rental accommodations

Hotels are open with indoor dining, indoor pools, fitness centres and other indoor or outdoor recreational facilities open.

Hybrid meetings at The Sheraton Centre

Meeting & event spaces

Meeting and event spaces can operate with no capacity limits if they follow these requirements set out for meeting or event spaces.

Things to do in Toronto today 

Whether you’re visiting now or planning for later, we’ve got ideas on how to make the most of your time exploring Toronto. Go on an adventure to one or a few of the city’s vibrant neighbourhoods. Check out some of the top attractions in the city, like the Royal Ontario Museum or the Art Gallery of Ontario. Cheers to your favourite sports team at Toronto's top sports bars, graze your way through the St. Lawrence Market or find an excuse to take a workcation. Or, try something entirely new and discover your "Never Have I Ever" moment. 

Find more inspiration in our Fall Guide to Toronto.

Air Canada planes on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport
Take comfort in Toronto Pearson's globally-accredited Healthy Airport program

Travel updates

Stay informed about travel requirements to minimize delays and stress while travelling to Ontario from within Canada or abroad. There are currently no restrictions on travel to Ontario from other provinces within Canada. However, visitors are still strongly advised to avoid travel between regions of high case counts and those with low or no cases.

Reopening Canada’s borders

All fully vaccinated travellers, including international travellers and U.S. citizens, can now travel to Canada for non-essential purposes. 

Entry to Canada is determined by the Government of Canada and may come with restrictions depending on which country you are travelling from. Learn more from the Canada Border Services Agency or check out the resources below. 

Requirements for eligible fully vaccinated travellers

Fully vaccinated travellers must:

  • have received the full vaccination series of a vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada
  • be asymptomatic
  • have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to entering Canada
  • have provided COVID-19 related information electronically through ArriveCAN prior to arrival in Canada
  • have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation in English or French 

The City of Toronto’s mask bylaws and physical distancing bylaws remain in effect.

For more information on eased quarantine, screening or testing requirements, travelling with unvaccinated children and more, review this backgrounder on border reopening measures for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada.

Travelling through Toronto Pearson

Plan before you go and learn what you can expect at Toronto Pearson. Whether you’re already packed and ready to go or are part of the soon-to-be travelling public, getting familiar with new protocols will help you ease back into travel more comfortably. Download this tip sheet for all the key information you need to travel through Toronto Pearson.

Stay connected

While the situation remains fluid, we'll continue to provide the most current travel information on this page as we work under the government’s guidance. Check back regularly for updates and in the meantime, explore Toronto virtually.