A quick guide to the current stage of reopening Toronto.
Last updated: November 13, 2020
The city of Toronto is now in a Red-Control category of the province’s new colour-coded system and we can’t wait for you to let yourself in again.
Public health and safety is still our city’s top priority as we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. Whether you’re a visitor or a local, we encourage you to safely explore, discover and find inspiration for your next adventure.
Check the most up-to-date travel restrictions before making plans to visit and be sure to contact businesses directly to book reservations, confirm availability, and to learn about health and safety guidelines.
As businesses begin to cautiously reopen, here’s what to expect around the major attractions during this stage.
At this time, Toronto bylaw requires wearing a face mask or covering in indoor public spaces.
Check back regularly for updates as businesses continue to reopen. While we aim to provide up-to-date information, this is not a comprehensive list and we recommend contacting businesses directly for the most current details.
Note: The CN Tower and its restaurants are temporarily closed until further notice.
The CN Tower’s timed-entry tickets are available online. Tickets are also available at self-serve kiosks onsite but entry is not guaranteed due to reduced capacity. You can also reserve Edgewalk at the CN Tower, now with added health precautions in place. Learn more about health and safety measures for your visit.
The aquarium is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with timed tickets sold online for a safe visit. All programs, dive shows and tours are temporarily suspended. The café is also currently closed, with no outside food permitted. Learn more about the aquarium’s safety measures before you visit.
The Toronto Islands are open with updated safety measures for ferry service.
Visitors must buy online advance tickets that are only valid for the selected day of purchase. Ferries run on reduced capacity for physical distancing and have a limit of 5,000 tickets per day.
All passengers on the ferry are required to wear facial coverings. To reduce crowding, the City is encouraging visitors to travel outside of peak times, which are between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm, and between 3:30 and 6:30 pm for the return trip.
Centreville Amusement Park remains closed for the time being under current provincial rules.
General admission is available with updated safety measures at Casa Loma. Outdoor dining and takeaway are currently available at Blueblood Steakhouse, while Casa Loma’s other dining venues are temporarily closed.
Pre-booked time slots are required for all members and guests. Tickets are available online only and not sold onsite, and cash is also not being accepted. Plan your visit ahead of time with a new walking route map. Indoor pavilions and gift shops have recently reopened, however restaurants are now only offering outdoor and takeaway dining. Everything else you need to know about what to expect can be found on the Toronto Zoo website.
Terra Lumina is back with its enchanted 1,000 m (1.5 km) experience. Dress appropriately for the weather (and view their health & safety precautions) for this nighttime, immersive walk. Tickets must be reserved ahead of time.
Limited gift shops are also open throughout the zoo.
The museum’s onsite restaurant and courtyard café Diwan is currently closed.
The museum is open to the public from Thursdays to Sundays. Timed-entry tickets are strongly encouraged as visitors are not guaranteed entry without pre-booking. The museum is running at limited capacity to support physical distancing.
The café at MOCA by Forno Cultura open for takeaway, however, it’s prohibited to eat inside the museum. Here’s everything you need to know to plan your visit to MOCA.
Various health and safety measures are in place, including a 70% reduction in capacity to maintain physical distancing, complimentary disposable face masks, stylus pens for touchscreen monitors and disposable gloves for select exhibits. The interactive simulation games where guests can test their hockey skills are also once again accessible.
Priority Admission Tickets are highly recommended, however walk-ins are also welcome, provided they don’t exceed the live capacity tracker that monitors the number of in-venue guests. Be sure to check health and safety guidelines to confirm requirements.
General admission tickets can be bought online or in person, with the museum’s limit of individual galleries to allow for physical distancing. See other new practices and policies being implemented to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
The Gardiner Shop is open but capacity in the Shop will be limited to two (2) visitors at all times to maintain physical distancing.
The museum is open with limited capacity and a modified schedule. Visitors are being encouraged to buy tickets in advance from online ticket partners. The Museum Shop is also open. See other reopening health and safety updates at the museum.
Toronto History Museums are accessible to the public via outdoor walking tours through HistoricTO. Tickets are limited for safety precautions and include historical venues like Spadina House and Fort York.
The Ontario Science Centre will remain closed until further notice.
The park will remain closed until further notice.
Indoor and outdoor tour and guide services are now open.
Go Tours Canada is operating again at Ontario Place and the Distillery Historic District. Weekend tours are now available with Heli Tours. Hornblower’s Mariposa boat tour of the Toronto Harbour is also in operation, with some limitations in place.
Restaurants, bars, food trucks and other food and drink establishments (e.g., wineries, breweries and distilleries) are currently only open for outdoor dining and takeout.
As of September 26, 2020, new restrictions for restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) prohibit the selling of alcohol after 11:00 p.m.; the consumption of alcohol between 12:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. by anyone, including employees; and remaining closed from 12:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m., except for takeout or delivery. All tables are to be capped at six (6) people, with establishments having to collect the information of each patron.
Shopping malls are open with both indoor and outdoor food services allowed. Restrictions are still in place regarding safe distancing, shopping and seating.
Select entertainment venues are open to the public, with updated health and safety restrictions in place, while all cinemas are temporarily closed.
Ever wondered what it would be like to walk (or drive) through Van Gogh’s Starry Night? The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is open to the public with 17 cubic m (600,000 cubic ft) of various works projected from ceiling to floor. The exhibit enforces health and safety precautions including social distancing circles, timed-admission tickets and more.
Escape Manor currently takes online reservations and indoor capacity is limited. The Rec Room’s patio still serves food and drink, however, its arcades and indoor offerings are currently unavailable. Batl Axe Throwing is still open, with safety precautions added on their website.
Although watching sports games from the stands is still not yet allowed, you can catch games at OLG Play Stage from the comfort of your car. Make sure to buy your tickets in advance as space is limited.
Children’s playgrounds are also no longer off limits thanks to stricter sanitation practices in place.
Gyms and fitness studios are currently open for indoor workouts at reduced capacities and with stricter policies in place. Indoor group fitness classes are prohibited within this zone.
Saunas, steam rooms and bathhouses will still be closed during this stage.
We will continue to update this information as we work under the government’s guidance on reopening our province. Check back regularly for updates.
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