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The Government of Ontario has announced that the province will be moving into Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen effective Friday, June 11, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Reopening Ontario: Three-Step Roadmap

The Reopening Ontario Roadmap is a three-step plan to cautiously and safely exit the province-wide emergency brake based on the provincial vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and healthcare indicators.

The Roadmap is a province-wide reopening approach and is different from the regional colour-coded framework that was used previously. The government will continuously monitor key public health and health care indicators including vaccination rates, case rates, hospitalizations and ICU occupancy, and the risks of new COVID-19 variants.

We are currently in Step One

60% or more of Ontario’s adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

Step One will permit the resumption of more outdoor activities with smaller, well-managed crowds where risk of transmission is minimized and will permit retail, all with restrictions in place, including but not limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events up to 10 people;
  • Outdoor dining up to 4 people per table, except for larger households;
  • Outdoor fitness classes, personal training and sports training (no games or practices) up to 10 people and 3 metres physical distancing;
  • Essential retail capacity 25% and can sell all goods (including discount and big box);
  • Non-essential retail at 15% capacity;
  • Retail stores in malls closed unless the stores have a street facing entrance;
  • Public libraries permitted for curbside pickups for materials, access to computers, photocopiers, and similar services;
  • Indoor religious services, rites, and ceremonies, including weddings and funeral services (does not apply to receptions) are permitted to open at 15% capacity of the room being used;
  • Outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies, including weddings and funeral services (does not apply to receptions) are permitted with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres;
  • Casinos, bingo halls, and gaming establishments are closed;
  • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open outdoors for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 performers (spectators not permitted), among other restrictions;
  • Drive-in cinemas permitted with restrictions (indoor closed);
  • Real estate open houses not permitted; showings permitted by appointment only;
  • Personal Care Services are not permitted (exception for sensory deprivation pods when prescribed by regulated health professional);
  • Driving instruction permitted with restrictions;
  • Outdoor horse racing and motor speedways without spectators;
  • All construction is permitted to operate;
  • Veterinary services, pet grooming, animal shelters, pet sitters, pet walkers, and pet trainers are permitted to open;
  • Outdoor horse riding;
  • Outdoor pools and wading pools with capacity limited to permit 2 metres of physical distancing;
  • Outdoor zoos, landmarks, historic sites, and botanical gardens with capacity limits to 15% for ticketed areas among other restrictions;
  • Outdoor tour and guide services up to 10 patrons with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres and other restrictions (boat and motor vehicle tours not permitted);
  • Day camps;
  • Campsites, campgrounds and short-term rentals (applies to cabins and cottages); and
  • Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks.

Work from home, except where necessary

Each person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall ensure that any person who performs work for the business or organization conducts their work remotely, unless the nature of their work requires them to be on-site at the workplace.

Step Two

70% of Ontario Adults with one dose & 20% Fully vaccinated

Ontario will remain in Step One for at least 21 days. If at the end of those 21 days the province has vaccinated 70 per cent of adults with one dose and 20 per cent of adults with two doses and there are positive trends in public health and health system indicators, Ontario will move to Step Two.

Step Two will further expand outdoor activities and will resume limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn, with other restrictions in place, including but not limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events up to 25 people;
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events up to 5 people and other restrictions;
  • Outdoor dining up to 6 people per table and other restrictions;
  • Outdoor sports and leagues;
  • Outdoor fitness classes and personal training with limit on the number of patrons and 3 metres physical distance;
  • Outdoor meeting and event spaces at 25% capacity with other restrictions;
  • Non-essential retail at 25% capacity; essential retail at 50% capacity;
  • Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times with capacity limits;
  • Real estate open houses not permitted; showings permitted by appointment only;
  • Outdoor cinemas open with capacity limits (indoor closed);
  • Outdoor horse racing and motor speedways for spectators with capacity limits;
  • Outdoor tour and guide services (e.g., boat tours) with capacity limits;
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings, including wedding and funeral services (does not apply to receptions) at 25% capacity;
  • Outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies, including weddings and funeral services (does not apply to receptions) with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres;
  • Overnight camps;
  • Public libraries with 25% capacity limit and other restrictions;
  • Casinos, bingo halls, and gaming establishments are closed;
  • Indoor performing arts closed, except for the sole purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted event. Outdoor performing arts is permitted, including live music, with capacity and other restrictions;
  • Outdoor waterparks and amusement parks with capacity limits; and
  • Outdoor fairs and rural exhibitions with capacity limits.

Step Three

70-80% of Ontario Adults with one dose & 25% Fully vaccinated

Ontario will remain in Step Two for at least 21 days. If at the end of those 21 days the province has vaccinated 70 to 80 per cent of adults with one dose and 25 per cent of adults with two and positive trends in public health and health system indicators continue, Ontario will move to Step Three.

Step Three will permit the resumption of indoor services with larger numbers of people, with restrictions in place, including but not limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with larger capacity limits;
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with larger capacity limits and other restrictions;
  • Indoor dining with capacity limits and other restrictions;
  • Outdoor dining with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres;
  • Indoor and outdoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with restrictions;
  • Indoor and outdoor fitness classes and personal training, with restrictions;
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces with capacity limits and other restrictions;
  • Essential and non-essential retail with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres;
  • Personal care services open with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres and other restrictions;
  • Indoor and outdoor cinemas open with capacity limits and other restrictions;
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings, including wedding and funeral services (does not apply to receptions) with larger capacity limits;
  • Outdoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings, including wedding and funeral services (does not apply to receptions) with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres;
  • Real estate open houses;
  • Indoor museums and art galleries with capacity limits;
  • Indoor zoos, aquariums, waterparks and amusement parks with capacity limits;
  • Public libraries open with capacity limited to permit 2 metres of physical distancing and other restrictions;
  • Indoor and outdoor performing arts permitted to open, including live music, with capacity and other restrictions;
  • Casinos and bingo halls are open with capacity limits and other restrictions;
  • Outdoor and indoor fairs and rural exhibitions with capacity limits; and
  • Other outdoor activities from Step Two permitted to operate indoors.

Moving Through the Steps

The province will remain in each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators.

If trends in key public health and health system indicators are positive, the province will move to the next step two weeks after the following vaccination thresholds have been met.

  • Step 1: 60% of adults vaccinated with one dose
  • Step 2: 70% of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20% vaccinated with two doses
  • Step 3: 70 to 80% of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25% vaccinated with two doses

Local Vaccination Statistics

While moving through the steps is based on the provincial vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and healthcare indicators, local vaccination statistics for Windsor and Essex County are updated daily and can be viewed online.

Sector Specific Public Health Measures


Section 22 Orders from the Local Medical Officer of Health

Under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA), the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) may issue an order to limit the spread of communicable disease in the community. Actions under a Section 22 Order must be necessary for reducing or removing the risk for spread of communicable diseases and can include individuals or a class of individuals. Class orders apply to groups of persons as defined in the order issued by the medical officer of health.

April 1, 2021 

Class Order: Owners and Operators of Agricultural Farms in Windsor and Essex County 

For more information, visit: Farmers and Temporary Foreign Workers

January 28, 2021

Class Order: Isolation - effective February 1, 2021

For more information, visit: Section 22 Class Order: Isolation FAQs.


Enforcement & Complaints

    Call 3-1-1 (in the City of Windsor) and municipal bylaw enforcement office in the County of Essex for inquiries or complaints related to:

    • Local non-essential businesses* which are operating in violation of the provincial orders

    *Complaints related to Restaurants, Bars, Tobacconists, or Specialty Vape Stores can be directed to the WECHU at 519-258-2146 ext. 4475.

    • Members of the public not physically distancing or convening in groups that exceed indoor or outdoor gathering limits.

    For inquiries or complaints related to self-isolation or other provincial orders contact your local police non-emergency line:

    Windsor Police Service
    519-258-6111
    LaSalle Police Service
    519-969-5210

    US-Canada Border Restrictions

    • For more information on COVID-19 testing requirements at land borders, please read the Government of Canada News Release (February 20, 2021). For more information on mandatory isolation and the federal Quarantine Act, please review the Government of Canada News Release or website. For official global travel advisories, please visit the Government of Canada website.
    • Non-essential travel is currently prohibited between the United States and Canada. Use this form to find out if you can enter Canada.
    • If you are permitted to enter Canada, you must meet testing and quarantine requirements. All travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of entry into Canada Use the checklist for your method of entry:

    There is a mandatory 14-day self-isolation for all travelers returning to Canada excluding for essential workers.

    Important legal information upon entry

    Final determination regarding entry and quarantine is made by a government representative at the port of entry based on the information presented to them at the time of entry into Canada. You won’t be allowed to board a flight to Canada if you don’t meet the flight requirements. Failure to comply with the COVID-19 Emergency order is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to imprisonment and/or fines. If you’re a dual Canadian citizen, you can only enter Canada with a valid Canadian passport, or special authorization. Driving to Canada requirements checklist Flying to Canada requirements checklist

    For inquiries or to report a complaint related to violations of the Federal Quarantine Act contact your local police (non-emergency line):

    Windsor Police Service
    519-258-6111
    LaSalle Police Service
    519-969-5210