COVID-19 Resources



Effective January 31, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. Ontario will begin the process of gradually easing restrictions, while maintaining protective measures, including but not limited to:

  • Increasing social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
  • Increasing or maintaining capacity limits at 50 per cent in indoor public settings, including but not limited to:
  • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities;
  • Retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies)
  • Shopping malls;
  • Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms;
  • Cinemas;
  • Meeting and event spaces;
  • Recreational amenities and amusement parks, including water parks;
  • Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and similar attractions; and
  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
  • Religious services, rites, or ceremonies.
  • Allowing spectator areas of facilities such as sporting events, concert venues and theatres to operate at 50 per cent seated capacity or 500 people, whichever is less.

Enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements would continue to apply in existing settings.

Full Press Release

These measures include:
  • Reducing social gathering limits to five people indoors and 10 people outdoors.
  • Limiting capacity at organized public events to five people indoors.
  • Requiring businesses and organizations to ensure employees work remotely unless the nature of their work requires them to be on-site.
  • Limiting capacity at indoor weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites and ceremonies to 50 per cent capacity of the particular room. Outdoor services are limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance. Social gatherings associated with these services must adhere to the social gathering limits.
  • Retail settings, including shopping malls, permitted at 50 per cent capacity. For shopping malls physical distancing will be required in line-ups, loitering will not be permitted and food courts will be required to close.
  • Personal care services permitted at 50 per cent capacity and other restrictions. Saunas, steam rooms, and oxygen bars closed.
  • Closing indoor meeting and event spaces with limited exceptions but permitting outdoor spaces to remain open with restrictions.
  • Public libraries limited to 50 per cent capacity.
  • Closing indoor dining at restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments. Outdoor dining with restrictions, takeout, drive through and delivery is permitted.
  • Restricting the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m. and the consumption of alcohol on-premise in businesses or settings after 11 p.m. with delivery and takeout, grocery/convenience stores and other liquor stores exempted.
  • Closing indoor concert venues, theatres, cinemas, rehearsals and recorded performances permitted with restrictions.
  • Closing museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions, amusement parks and waterparks, tour and guide services and fairs, rural exhibitions, and festivals. Outdoor establishments permitted to open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy, where applicable, limited to 50 per cent capacity.
  • Closing indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities including gyms, except for athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics and select professional and elite amateur sport leagues. Outdoor facilities are permitted to operate but with the number of spectators not to exceed 50 per cent occupancy and other requirements.
A full list of measures can be found in the news release.
Technical Briefing: Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen - Presentation Slides:
News Release:
COVID-19 Public Health Measures and Advice:


Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB):

The federal government announced on December 30, 2021 that the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) is open for applications. It gives temporary income support to employed and self-employed people who cannot work due to a COVID-19 lockdown, and it's only available to those in a lockdown region who can't work as a result of capacity restrictions. Learn more here.

Ontario Providing Supports for Small Businesses, Workers and Families:

Province’s plan includes $10,000 grant for eligible small businesses and additional electricity-rate reliefThe provincial government announced the Ontario COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant for small businesses that are subject to closure under the modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen. It will provide eligible small businesses with a grant payment of $10,000.

Eligible small businesses include:

  • Restaurants and bars;
  • Facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities (including fitness centres and gyms);
  • Performing arts and cinemas;
  • Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions;
  • Meeting or event spaces;
  • Tour and guide services;
  • Conference centres and convention centres;
  • Driving instruction for individuals; and
  • Before- and after- school programs.

More info here


  • The COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (Screening Patrons) has been updated to align with requirements for patron screening per Step 3, and wording has been clarified from the previous version. The tool can be accessed online or downloaded (PDF) from the Ontario government website.
  • The COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (Screening Workers) has been updated. The tool can be accessed online or downloaded (PDF) from the Ontario government website.
  • The COVID-19 Signage Questions for Businesses and Organizations (Signage Instructions) has been simplified. The instructions can be downloaded (PDF) from the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidance for the Health Sector website.

Find out about the latest public health measures, advice and restrictions in your area. Please visit for the full list of public health region classifications. Check which zone your region is in and find your public health unit. Regions are based on public health unit boundaries. 

Besides the provincial health measures listed at , there may also be additional local restrictions or requirements. Find these restrictions on your local municipality or public health unit’s website, which is linked from the map on this website.


Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB):

New Support for Highly Affected Sectors

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy

Canada Recovery Benefit

Canada Emergency Response Benefit Retroactive Applications

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit

Budget 21 Supporting Tourism, Hospitality, Arts and Culture

Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative Website Information Session Presentation



Ethical Framework for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution here

Support for Businesses- Main Street Grants: PPE and Property Tax and Energy bill rebates

Framework for Reopening the Province

Rules for Areas in Stage 3

Develop your COVID 19 workplace safety plan

COVID-19: Precautions When Working In A Day Camp

Ontario Workplace Screening Tool

Resources to Prevent COVID-19 in the Workplace

COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open

Find your Public Health Unit

Improving Connectivity for Ontarians



Canada Council for the Arts COVID Response

Department of Canadian Heritage

Ontario Arts Council COVID Updates

OTF Resilient Communities Fund Deadline Extende to December 9th

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Toronto Arts Council

London Arts Council

Hamilton Arts Council Relief Fund

Kingston Arts Council

Mississauga Arts Council Micro Grants for a Pandemic




The Facebook National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Arts

Reopening Guidelines, Stage 3 - City of Toronto



Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB):

Relief funding for small businesses - Ontario

Dance studios are eligible for funding through Ontario's Main Street Relief Grant, as the ‘gyms and yoga studios’ category is defined as ‘establishments primarily engaged in operating health clubs and similar facilities featuring exercise and other active physical fitness conditioning, or recreational sports activities.

Federal programs for small business

Dance Studies Association

Work in Culture

Returning to the Studio - Guidelines for Teachers, Studio Owners and Students

Provincial Guidance for facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities during COVID-19

Teaching Dance Live Online

Tips for Making Online Classes Work for You

Dance Teachers Guide to Zoom

Dance Studios Can Open - Now What? The Dance Current

Music Use and Online Classes

Rapid Tests Available for Small Businesses through the Ontario Chamber of Commerce details here

Minisrty of Health COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: Day Camps



Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 For Entertainment, Museum and Gallery Employers from the Public Services Health and Safety Association

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Guidance on Health and Safety for Television Film and Live Performance Sector During COVID-19 

Return to Stage and Performing Arts Playbook from the American Guild of Musical Artists and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

Face Masks and Dancing

#Lights on Venue Reopening Guide

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide Six Month Update

The Live Performance Health and Safety during COVID-19 Guidelines approved by the Ontario Ministry of Training and Skills Development

Toronto Public Health (revised March 15, 2021) COVID-19 Guidance for Indoor & Outdoor Events & Gatherings



Mandatory vaccinations, rapid testing, screening, record retention and the law – Presentation Slides and Webinar (May 27, 2021, Gowlings WLG Law Firm)
COVID-19 vaccinations, the workplace and the law (June 15, 2021, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services)



Impact Statistics

I Lost my Gig Impact survey

OAC Survey Results Early COVID -19 Impacts on OAC Funded Organizations

Canada Council National Survey Results

Arts Response Tracking Survey ARTS

CAPACOA Employment in the arts and cultural industries

The National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts - Now More than Ever: Towards a National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts

National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS) Survey Results



The Resource Room - Live on Zoom / Online workshops supporting wellness & resilience in the dance community Hosted by DTRC

The AFC: Navigator
Navigator is a free, personalized, confidential assistance service that connects arts and entertainment industry workers to mental health resources, programs, and supports. 

To access Navigator, you can make an appointment through the online booking system (scroll down) or call on Tuesdays, between 1 and 5 pm (ET) at 1.877.399.8392 (toll-free.) You are guaranteed a one-on-one, 30 minute phone consultation with a highly qualified specialist who will be able to talk you through your situation, suggest appropriate resources and services, or make a referral.  

  • Behind the Scenes – Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative
    • Canadian Resources
    • #BeThe 1To – Suicide Prevention Resources
    • Stop Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation
    • Toolbox Talk outlines (and scripts for 90-120 second talks) to help you talk about Mental Health with your team
    • Anonymous Online Self-Assessment Tool


The AFC’s Financial Wellness Program

Front Row Insurance

Financial Tipsheet from Young and Associates


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