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What’s open in Toronto?

Not sure what’s open in Toronto? Here’s what you need to know.

As the threat of COVID-19 still looms, Toronto has been placed in a state of emergency. Some parts of the Ontario must stay home, leaving only for essential reasons within their area. These include going out for groceries, medicine, health care, exercise or work (if you can’t work remotely).

Remember to wear a mask (covering both mouth and nose) when leaving your home and keep at least two metres apart from other members of the public.

Note: the below is accurate as of February 24, 2021. Due to the evolving nature of the situation, the information provided can change at any time. Contact the venue before visiting to confirm. Social distancing and maintaining good hygiene still apply.

What restrictions are in place for Toronto residents?

  • Households are limited to residents of the home only. Individuals who aren’t members of the household are not allowed to visit.
  • No more than five people can gather in an outdoor event or social gathering. A mask must be worn in public indoor settings.
  • Indoor and outdoor dining, including patios, are not permitted. Takeout, drive-thru and home delivery are highly recommended.
  • Museums, art galleries, movie theatres and entertainment venues are temporarily closed to the public.
  • Group and community sports are not permitted with people who aren’t members of your household.
  • All indoor gyms and recreational programs are closed.
  • All indoor and outdoor pools are closed.
  • Only 10 people are allowed to attend weddings, funerals and religious services (indoors and outdoors).
  • Strict non-essential travel regulation rules out holidays for the immediate future. Vacation rentals are open only to those who are in need of housing.

What’s open in Toronto?

Are attractions open in Toronto?

No. All non-essential attractions are closed until further notice. This includes museums, galleries, theatres, entertainment venues, concerts, zoos, farms and movie theatres. Although in-person visits aren’t permitted, you can still enjoy virtual experiences from home.

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Are walking trails, beaches and parks open in Toronto?

Beaches are closed for the season. Parks and outdoor skating rinks are open for use but members of the public must practice social distancing. You can use the parks for exercise, recreational activities, playgrounds, tobogganing hills and fitness equipment with only the members of your household. You must stay two metres or six feet away from other members of the public.

Are malls open in Toronto?

Malls are only partially open to the public. Only essential stores are open, such as supermarkets, food retailers, liquor stores, laundromats, dry cleaners and banks. All other mall retailers are currently closed for in-person shopping.

Other retailers that are open include outdoor markets, automated and self-service car washes, snow cleaning and landscaping services.

Are hotels open in Toronto?

Yes, staying at a hotel in Toronto is permitted. Keep in mind that some services will be closed such as recreational areas, in-house restaurants, patios and bars. Hotel chains across the city are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of their guests and staff – this includes an updated cleaning and disinfection protocol as well as implementing social distancing.

Do I need to pre-book to visit dining venues and attractions?

Under the latest restrictions, venues and attractions are closed for the time being.

Are restaurants, cafes and bars open in Toronto?

Restaurants and cafes are open for takeout only. Dining in (indoor or outdoor) is not permitted until further notice.

The local government encourages the community to use home-delivery and drive-thru options to help support businesses at this time.

What’s closed in Toronto?

The following venues and events in Toronto are shut:

  • Museums and art galleries
  • All non-essential retail
  • Entertainment venues such as cinemas, concerts and theatres (rehearsals only)
  • Indoor gyms, ski hills, outdoor sporting facilities and recreational fitness facilities
  • Horse racing events
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • Open house events
  • Drive-in and drive-thru events
  • Zoos and aquariums
  • Amusement parks and water parks
  • Tour guide services
  • Motorsports
  • Personal care services such as beauty salons and barbershops
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
  • Photography retail studios
  • Libraries (curbside pick-up and drop-off only)
  • Outdoor markets that don’t sell food
  • Most in-person educational institutions

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