Update to health measures

There will be some changes to temporary health measures starting Saturday, December 4, 2021.

Where you have to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask and limits on gatherings

You have to show proof of vaccination in some settings and wear a mask in all indoor public places and in some cases outdoors. These measures are in effect until further notice.

Effective December 4, 2021

Proof of vaccination is not required for:

  • faith-based services
  • personal care services; and
  • youth under 19 years of age to engage in sports, arts and recreation activities.

Gatherings

Personal gatherings

As a best practice, the Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health recommends indoor personal gatherings be limited to 2 households.

Organized gatherings 

Indoor

  • 50 percent of the venue capacity.
  • Masking must be followed.

Outdoor

  • There are no capacity limits.
  • You must wear a mask when you cannot keep physically distanced.

Showing proof of vaccination

If you’re 12 years of age or older you must have proof that you’ve received 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccination. You cannot access a designated setting that requires proof of vaccination if you’ve had only 1 dose or are not vaccinated.

Mask wearing

Anyone aged 5 and over must wear a mask:

  • in any indoor public place, including retail and service businesses; 
  • in private vehicles where the occupants are from more than 1 household; and
  • in outdoor public places when people cannot maintain 2 metres of distancing.

Masking exceptions

Some activities

The only exceptions to mask wearing are when you’re actively engaged in an activity that cannot reasonably be done while wearing a mask. 

Medical condition

You can be exempt from mask wearing if you’re unable to wear a mask because of a certified medical condition.

Settings where proof of vaccination is required, capacity limits and masking requirements

Note: These are minimum requirements that each of these settings must follow. Any setting can impose additional or more stringent requirements.

In addition to the requirements below, the Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly recommends that people follow the “Safe 6” public health practices, which includes maintaining 2 metres of distance from others who are not in your household, washing your hands frequently and staying home when sick.

Indoor sports and recreational activities

Indoor sporting events, ticketed or not

Capacity: A limit of 50 per cent occupancy for that space
Proof of vaccination: Yes
Mask wearing: Yes
Note: Youth under 12 years of age do not have to show proof of vaccination

Indoor sports, arts or recreation for people under 19 years of age

Organized sports can continue if the following requirements are met:

Capacity: A limit of 50 per cent occupancy for that space
Proof of vaccination:

  • No, for all participants under 19 years of age or for one adult accompanying a participant under 12 years of age;
  • Yes for all other eligible people

Mask wearing: Yes
Other measures: You can remove your mask during play in high-intensity sports (for example, where your heart rate is elevated and the activity cannot be reasonably done while wearing a mask). You must wear a mask when not actively engaged in sport, such as in dressing rooms.

Indoor sports for people 19 years of age and older

Organized sports can continue if the following requirements are met:

Capacity: A limit of 50 per cent occupancy for that space
Proof of vaccination: Yes
Mask wearing: Yes
Other measures: You can remove your mask during play in high-intensity sports (for example, where your heart rate is elevated and the activity cannot be reasonably done while wearing a mask). You must wear a mask when not actively engaged in sport, such as in dressing rooms

Gyms, exercise and dance facilities or studios, and recreation facilities (for example, the Canada Games Centre, arenas, pools, recreation centres, community centres and downhill and cross-country ski chalets)

Capacity: A limit of 50 per cent occupancy for that space
Proof of vaccination: Yes, except if you are at the Canada Games Centre for physiotherapy or to drop off or pick up a child attending an after school program.
Mask wearing: Yes
Note: Youth under 12 years of age do not have to show proof of vaccination

Someone attending the Canada Games Centre solely for physiotherapy or to drop off or pick up a child attending an after school program is not required to be fully vaccinated. The person must only be in the facility for this purpose. 

Public saunas and steam baths

Capacity: 1 individual or 1 household (to a maximum of the space’s occupancy)
Proof of vaccination: Yes
Mask wearing: Yes

Businesses and organizations offering indoor active recreation and leisure activities (for example, climbing facilities, escape rooms, laser tag and arcades)

Capacity: A limit of 50 per cent occupancy for that space
Proof of vaccination: Yes
Mask wearing: Yes
Note: Youth under 12 years of age do not have to show proof of vaccination

Indoor student events at elementary or secondary schools

Capacity: A limit of 50 per cent occupancy for that space
Proof of vaccination: Yes, except for students and children under 19 years of age
Mask wearing: Yes

Indoor organized recreational activities and classes for people under 19 years of age (for example, pottery or art classes)

Capacity: A limit of 50 per cent occupancy for that space
Proof of vaccination: No, for youth under 19 years of age
Mask wearing: Yes

Businesses and organizations offering indoor and outdoor exercise or fitness

Capacity: A limit of 50 per cent occupancy for that space
Proof of vaccination: Yes
Mask wearing: Yes
Note: For indoor exercise or fitness, a 50 per cent capacity of that space 

Cultural events and venues

Indoor concerts, dance, theatre and symphony rehearsal or performance

Capacity: A limit of 50 per cent occupancy for that space.
Proof of vaccination: Yes
Mask wearing: Yes
Note: Youth under 12 years of age do not have to show proof of vaccination

Museums and art galleries

Capacity: A limit of 50 per cent occupancy for that space.
Proof of vaccination: Yes
Mask wearing: Yes
Note: Youth under 12 years of age do not have to show proof of vaccination

Movie theatres

Capacity: A limit of 50 per cent occupancy for that space.
Proof of vaccination: Yes
Mask wearing: Yes
Note: Youth under 12 years of age do not have to show proof of vaccination

Playing music or singing

Indoor practices or performances of singing and music with wind instruments

Capacity: A limit of 50 per cent occupancy for that space.
Proof of vaccination: Yes
Mask wearing: Yes
Note: You can can remove your mask when you’re singing or playing while following Chief Medical Officer of Health singing and music guidelines. Youth under 12 years of age do not have to show proof of vaccination

Eating and drinking establishments and entertainment venues

Indoor areas and patios of restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafés that offer table service and tasting rooms with seating in breweries and distilleries

Indoor areas of food establishments like quick-service restaurants and cafés where people sit to eat and drink
Nightclubs, casinos, movie theatres

Gathering: Maximum 6 people to a table
Proof of vaccination: Yes
Mask wearing: Yes, except when seated at table.
Note: No moving between tables. A limit of 6 people to a table. No bar or countertop service. If you do not have proof of vaccination you must wear a mask and get take-out only.

Pick-up and take-out at food establishments

Masks: Yes

Personal care services

Hair salons, beauty parlour, barber shops, spas, nail salons, tattoo shop and body art establishments (not including an establishment at which a health care provider performs a service on the body of another person)

Proof of vaccination: No
Mask wearing: Yes

Organized events

Indoor organized events

Weddings, funeral receptions, parties, conferences, trade fairs and workshops
Capacity: A limit of 50 per cent occupancy for that space.
Proof of vaccination: Yes
Mask wearing: Yes
Note: Youth under 12 years of age do not have to show proof of vaccination

Outdoor organized events

Weddings, funeral receptions, parties, conferences, trade fairs, workshops faith-based and cultural gatherings
Proof of vaccination: No
Mask wearing: Yes, if you cannot keep physically distanced

Indoor and outdoor faith-based and cultural gatherings

Capacity: A limit of 50 per cent occupancy for that space.
Proof of vaccination: No
Mask wearing: Yes

Stores and financial institutions

Retail stores, grocery stores, clothing stores, liquor and cannabis stores and pharmacies

Capacity: A limit of 50 per cent occupancy for that space.
Mask wearing: Yes

Banks and credit unions

Capacity: A limit of 50 per cent occupancy for that space.
Mask wearing: Yes

Transportation

Public transportation, including taxis buses, commercial and private ride-sharing
Mask wearing: Yes

Accommodation

Hotels, resorts, cabins and campsites (excluding activities and services such as hotel restaurants, wedding receptions and conferences)

Mask wearing: Yes

Post-secondary on-campus student housing

Mask wearing: Yes
Note: Mask wearing is required in common areas.

Businesses, public libraries and government services

Banks, credit unions, work or post-secondary cafeterias, public libraries, public area of government offices where service is provided to the public and stores (including retail stores, clothing stores, grocery stores, liquor stores, cannabis stores and pharmacies

Capacity: A limit of 50 per cent occupancy for that space.
Proof of vaccination: No
Mask wearing: Yes

Health care services, rehab or exercise therapy programs, and drug and alcohol support group meetings

Mask wearing: Yes

Food banks and shelters

Mask wearing: Yes

Workplaces

Other measures: The Chief Medical Officer of Health may direct these to temporarily close if there are outbreaks.