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What is allowed in Markham as province dives into Step 2 of reopening plan?
June 30, 2021

Province revs up Roadmap to Reopen, but city-owned community centres, indoor facilities remain closed under public health measures

Step 2 of the province's three-phase Roadmap to Reopen goes into effect June 30.

The changes to public health measures include:

Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;

Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to five people;

Essential and other select retail permitted at 50 per cent capacity;

Non-essential retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity;

Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times, and at 25 per cent capacity and other restrictions;

Outdoor dining with up to six people per table, with exceptions for larger households and other restrictions;

Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 25 per cent capacity of the particular room;

Outdoor fitness classes limited to the number of people who can maintain three metres of physical distance;

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Outdoor sports without contact or modified to avoid contact, with no specified limit on number of people or teams participating, with restrictions;

Overnight camps for children operating in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;

Outdoor sport facilities, outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas, outdoor horse racing and motor speedways, and outdoor fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals are all permitted at 25 per cent capacity and with other restrictions.

Under the changes, the City of Markham’s COVID-19 affected services will be as follows:


Select outdoor recreational amenities are open, including tennis courts, pickleball courts, sports fields, skate parks and basketball courts.

Parks, splash pads and playgrounds are open.

All park-facility washrooms are open.

Milne Dam Park is open, but with a 300-car maximum. Admission fees on holidays and weekends apply. Picnics are allowed, but subject to gathering limits.

Morgan Pool is open for public swimming, rentals, lessons and Aquafit (pre-booking required).

Outdoor, in-person and registered recreation and fitness programs will continue.

Markham Recycling Depots are open


City-owned community centres, indoor tennis facilities, indoor soccer domes, indoor arenas, indoor pools, fitness centres, the Markham Museum, the Flato Markham Theatre and the Varley Art Gallery will remain closed.

Library, recreation and fitness programs continue to be offered virtually.

Flato Markham Theatre continues to stream virtual performances

Varley Art Gallery continues to offer virtual school programs, virtual ART-to-Go summer camps (July and August) and online exhibitions from mid-July.

Markham Museum continues to offer online exhibitions and activities.

Markham Public Library continues to offer select online services and curbside pickup of holds and returns will be available at Markham Village, Thornhill Village and Unionville locations.


While the province has exceeded Step 3 vaccination targets, Ontario may remain in Step 2 for a period of approximately 21 days to allow the most recent vaccinations to reach their full effectiveness and to evaluate any impacts of moving to Step 2 on key public health and health care indicators.

When it is determined to be safe, the province will move to Step 3 of the reopening plan.