Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Ontario to End COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination in March


Ontario is easing some of its COVID-19 restrictions on Feb. 17, and will be lifting its proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirement on March 1, Premier Doug Ford said on Feb. 14.

Ford said based on recommendations by the province’s chief medical officer of health, his government will remove capacity limits in indoor and outdoor settings in two stages.

Effective Feb. 17, gathering limits will be changed to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, including in sports arenas and concert venues. Capacity limits will be lifted for restaurants and bars that have proof of vaccination. Areas deemed “higher-risk settings,” such as dance clubs, will have their capacity limits raised to 25 percent.

On March 1, the capacity limits in all remaining indoor public settings will be lifted.

The province will also end its proof of vaccination requirements at this time.  Businesses that choose to require proof of vaccination may continue to do so.

Ford said the province will be keeping its mask requirement for indoor settings.