Ontario reopening: What’s open now and opening soon


What’s already open in Ontario

  • Retail with street entrance (curbside pickup)
  • Restaurants (takeout or delivery)
  • Supermarkets
  • Bike stores and bike repair
  • LCBO and The Beer Store
  • Craft distilleries
  • Craft beer shops
  • Cannabis stores
  • Convenience stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Garden centres and nurseries
  • Hardware and safety supply stores
  • Lawn care services
  • Landscaping
  • Gas stations
  • Car dealerships
  • No-touch car washes

Open as of May 16

The following businesses are part of stage one of Ontario’s reopening plan:

  • Golf courses, (clubhouses open only for washrooms, restaurants open only for take-out)
  • Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches for recreational use
  • Private parks and campgrounds (for preparation for the season and for trailers and recreational vehicles with a full-season contract)
  • Stables and businesses that board animals

Open as of May 19:

  • Retail services that are not in shopping malls and have separate street-front entrances with measures in place that can enable physical distancing
  • Motor vehicle dealerships
  • Music recording, including production, distribution, publishing and studios
  • Interactive digital media, including programming and development
  • Film and television post-production and animation studios
  • Newspapers, video games and book publishing
  • Research services for physical, engineering and life sciences (biotechnology, agriculture and industrial research and development labs)
  • Heavy vehicle emissions testing facilities
  • Seasonal businesses and recreational activities for individual or single competitors, including training and sport competitions conducted by a recognized national or provincial sport organization. This includes indoor and outdoor non-team sport competitions that can be played while maintaining physical distancing and without spectators, such as tennis, track and field and horse racing
  • Animal and pet care services (grooming, training, regular veterinary appointments)
  • Housekeepers, cooks, cleaning and maintenance
  • Non-essential construction
  • In-person counselling
  • Some scheduled surgeries

This list will be updated. Visit the government of Ontario website for more information.



Natalia came to NOW as the food writer in 2015 before taking over the lifestyle desk in 2019. She has written about food, style, technology, life and travel for the National Post, Sun Media, blogTO and Metro. She enjoys thrift stores and bad puns.

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