Stage 3 Reopening Guidelines

Information for artists and arts organizations regarding Stage 3 Reopening Guidelines in Toronto


The City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario have recently updated Stage 3 reopening guidelines, effective September 24. 

✸ Please visit the City of Toronto's COVID-19 Guidance: Indoor & Outdoor Events for complete information including new restrictions for indoor and outdoor events. Additionaly, view the Province of Ontario's Reopening Ontario Act – Stage 3 Orders


Frequntly Asked Questions: Stage 3 reopening guidelines for artists and arts organizations


Q: What are the gathering limits for stage 3?

A: A max of 50 persons are allowed for indoor gatherings, and a max of 100 persons are allowed for outdoor gatherings. In all cases, individuals are required to maintain physical distancing. Note: People at their place of work, including performers and crews do not count towards gathering limits.


Q: What if I want to host an event that is partially indoors and partially outdoors? Will gathering limits increase?  

A: No. Indoor gathering limits apply to events that are fully or partially indoors. Indoor events and gatherings cannot be combined with an outdoor event or gathering to increase the applicable gathering size.


Q: My event requires a permit. Will the City of Toronto be issuing permits?

A:  Yes. City of Toronto permitting Divisions can consider permit requests for small events through the regular application process. Requests and issuance of permits must be in line with the Province of Ontario’s gatherings limit restrictions as outlined in Stage 3 of the Provincial Framework. Event organizers submitting permit applications should have well thought out and detailed plans as to how they will manage and address concerns surrounding COVID-19 mitigation and safety measures. Click here to access the city’s permitting Divisions.

Additional links:

Q: Where can I find information to help me plan my event in accordance to Toronto Public Health guidelines?

A: To view operational considerations for indoor and outdoor events and gatherings, including:

  • Concerts and live shows, including performing arts events
  • Convention centres and other meeting or event spaces
  • Festivals
  • Movie theatres/cinemas

visit: COVID-19: Reopening Guidelines for Businesses & Organizations on the City of Toronto website.

All health guidance is mandated by the Province of Ontario, and can be found on the Province of Ontario website.  


Q: Can I speak with someone from the City if I have specific questions about my reopening plan?

A: Yes. Visit the City of Toronto’s BusinessTO Support Centre to request support.

Or email CultureTO[at]toronto[dot]ca

You can also visit the Province of Ontario’s website to submit a reopening proposal if you’re experiencing challenges with Stage 3 Reopening Guidelines.


Q: If spectators at my outdoor event fail to follow pandemic bylaws and orders, and are ticketed, would there be any legal risk to me (the organizer)/my company? Does my insurance for the event offer any protection? 

A: Depending on what you are doing there is always potential for some sense of liability. There are opportunities to work with the local community response division policing unit to make them aware of what you are doing so they can be in the area to support you if there are large numbers of people gathering. 
 

Q: When planning my event, is there any room to deviate slightly from provincial guidelines?

A:  No. The City of Toronto is subject to provincial guidelines, and no deviation is permitted. If you’d like to connect directly with the Province about your plan or any concerns, visit the Province of Ontario’s website to submit a reopening proposal.