What’s Open in Toronto Right Now

A quick guide to the current stage of reopening Toronto.

Updated: August 25, 2020

The city of Toronto is now in Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plans 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 and be sure to contact businesses directly to book reservations, confirm availability, and to learn about health and safety guidelines.

Toronto skyline from Lake Ontario

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.

Attractions

CN Tower

The Tower is now open and 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.

360 Restaurant at the CN Tower is open and taking reservations. Le Café and VUE Bistro have also recently reopened.

Ripley’s Aquarium

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, with no food or beverages for sale. Learn more about the aquarium’s safety measures before you visit.

The spiral staircase in the Art Gallery of Ontario
The iconic Frank Gehry-designed spiral staircase at the AGO

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

The Art Gallery of Ontario is open for members, annual pass holders and to the public. Timed-entry tickets must be purchased in advance. See the AGO’s new visitor guidelines for more information.

AGO Bistro is open for dine-in (with reservations) and takeout. Café AGO and Espresso Bar in Galleria Italia are still closed. Shop AGO is again open to the public as well.  

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

The museum is currently running on reduced hours of operation from Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is limited and time-based, and all time slots must be booked in advance online.

Druxy’s ROM Café and ROM Boutique are now both open, with limited capacity. Check the Visitor Policies for more details.

Toronto Islands

The Toronto Islands are open with updated safety measures for ferry service.

Toronto skyline with ferry boat on Lake Ontario

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.

Outdoor dining in the estate gardens at Casa Loma
New this summer: dine in the estate gardens at Casa Loma

Casa Loma

General admission is available with updated safety measures at Casa Loma. Guests can now reserve to dine in the estate gardens for an outdoor meal al fresco. Visitors also receive complimentary admission to the gardens. Reservations are likewise available for Blue Blood Steakhouse.

Toronto Zoo

Pre-booked time slots are required for all members and guests. Tickets are available online only and not sold onsite. You can also still book the Scenic Safari and enjoy the Zoo from the comfort of your car. Plan your visit ahead of time with a new walking route map. 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 1.5 km. (1,000 m.) 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. 

Aga Khan Museum

Timed-entry tickets can be bought in advance online. Plan your visit with the museum’s reopening guidelines.

The museum’s onsite restaurant and courtyard café Diwan currently takes reservations.

People entering Toronto's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Explore Canadian and international artists at MOCA

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

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 is also open, while the Art Metropole project shop Clouds & Horizon remains closed until further notice. Here’s everything you need to know to plan your visit to MOCA.

Hockey Hall of Fame

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.

Hockey mask exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto
The Hockey Hall of Fame is home of the Stanley Cup and the finest collection of hockey artifacts in the world

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.

Gardiner Museum

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 currently open by appointment only.

Bata Shoe Museum

The museum will be open with limited capacity and an adjusted 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

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. 

Ontario Science Centre

The Ontario Science Centre will remain closed until further notice but is offering Summer with Science activities online.

Canada’s Wonderland

The park will remain closed until further notice.

Tour and guide services

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.

Restaurants, bars and patios

Restaurants, bars, food trucks and other food and drink establishments (e.g., wineries, breweries and distilleries) are open for both outdoor and indoor dining. Buffet-style dining is still not permissible at this stage, neither is dancing within restaurants and bars.

A couple having a meal together on the rooftop patio at Lavelle
Have dinner with a view at Lavelle in the King West neighbourhood

Retail

Shopping malls are open with both indoor and outdoor food services allowed. Restrictions are still in place regarding safe distancing, shopping and seating.

Entertainment

Cinemas, live theatres and entertainment venues are opening their doors with better health and safety restrictions in place. 

Immersive Van Gogh exhibit in Toronto
Immersive Van Gogh was custom designed for the historic space that housed the Toronto Star’s printing presses

Ever wondered what it would be like to walk (or drive) through Van Gogh’s Starry Night? The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is now open to the public with 600,000 cubic ft. (17 cubic m.) of various works projected from ceiling to floor. The exhibit enforces health and safety precautions including social distancing circles, timed-admission tickets and more.

Cineplex welcomes back movie-goers with contactless ticket-purchasing and social distancing measures, from stringent cleaning procedures to new rules around seating. These are the locations opening around the city. The Entertainment District’s Scotiabank Theatre is also open with new safety precautions for your comfortable enjoyment of acclaimed films.

DriveInTO offers free drive-in movie experiences throughout the city at various locations including Ontario Place, City View Drive-In and more.

Escape rooms, arcades and bowling alleys are also open. Daydream Adventures and Escape Manor currently take online reservations. The Rec Room’s arcades, including their patio and indoor bar, are back in operation with new policies in place. Batl Axe Throwing is also now open, with safety precautions added on their website.

Comedy Bar recently reopened its doors with some changes including reduced capacity and shorter shows. 

Sports

Although watching the Raptors and the Maple Leafs from the stands is still not yet permissible, 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.

Outdoor Activities

Public swimming pools, splash pads and beaches are now accessible. Learn the current health and safety etiquettes, including which locations are open at SwimTO

Children’s playgrounds are also no longer off limits thanks to stricter sanitation practices in place. 

Fitness & Wellness

Fitness centres including gyms, yoga studios, rock climbing and more have been given the green light to move forward with reopening. New public fitness measures include physical distancing, wearing a mask and gloves in common areas, reduced capacities and frequent equipment sanitation. 

Saunas, steam rooms and bathhouses will still be closed during Stage 3.

What’s next?

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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