By Kate March, https://attractionontario.ca Fall colours, pumpkins and of course a little bit of terror!…
As of March 8, 2021, all regions are back in the COVID response program. So, what does that mean for you? This means that each region will follow direction from their local Public Health; to find out what your region’s guidelines are, visit: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions.
Currently the City of Toronto, Peel, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, & Lambton are in the Grey Zone and attractions are not able to open.
Which attractions can open?
For a public attraction to open its doors, the region it resides in must be in the Red, Orange, Yellow or Green Zone. This includes:
- Science Centres
- Historic Sites
- Botanical Gardens & similar attractions
Conditions to Operate:
- No member of the public may be permitted access to interactive exhibits that would create a high risk of personal contact.
- Lockers must not be provided to the members of the public.
- Any equipment rented or provided to patrons must be cleaned and disinfected between each use.
- Mask/face coverings required, subject to exemptions.
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The province of Ontario is strongly urging residents to stay within their regions to stop the spread of COVID. If you reside in a region that is Red, Orange, Yellow or Green, there are attractions open with COVID safety measures in place to keep you safe. It is vital to follow public health guidelines when visiting anywhere in Ontario and to support your local businesses – this includes your local attractions.
Please find a short list of open Ontario attractions. If you are not yet ready or able to visit in-person, many of Ontario’s attractions offer virtual experiences that can be found at: https://attractionsontario.ca/virtual-tours-online-collections/.
Visit attractionsontario.ca/nowopen for a full list open attractions or those that are opening soon!
In-person attractions to visit safely by region:
Putting Edge Whitby
Safety Guidelines: Reservations Only, Increased Tee-Time intervals, increased disinfecting, Employee Health Screening, Reduced capacity in effect
Jungle Cat World
Safety Guidelines: Masks are required when entering a building; Our livestock animals are off display as touching them is not currently permitted; The Feeding Tour is currently cancelled to avoid crowding; Screening questions are asked prior to arrival for all programs
Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre
Safety Guidelines: Actively screen all patrons, mall staff and visitors entering the centre, enhanced cleaning measures and social distancing in place.
Reptilia Reptile Zoo
Safety Guidelines: Reptilia will once again be open to our Guests. Schedule your tickets online now, or even a private tour for your family
The Machine Shop, Sault Ste. Marie
Safety Guidelines: Follow all COVID 19 rules as set out by our local Algoma Public Health office.
Timmins Museum National Exhibition Centre, Timmins
Safety Guidelines: Follow all COVID 19 rules as set out by public health. Masks required indoors.
Safety Guidelines: Following protocols set by public health. Masks required indoors.
Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, Cambridge
Safety Guidelines: Health & Safety Commitments in place, please review here.
Boston Pizza & Kingpin Bowlounge, Kitchener
Safety Guidelines: Indoor dining open & Kingpin Bowlounge open for up to 10 ppl, 4 persons per lane or table while in current Red Zone of Ontario Framework; Outdoor dining open – weather pending.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Safety Guidelines: To ensure the safety of visitors and staff alike, we’ve developed some new guidelines, while still offering full access to the great works of art you’ve come to expect.
Haunted Walk of Kingston & Ottawa
Safety Guidelines: Bubble Tours opening April 2, 2021.
Muskokas & Georgian Bay:
Scenic Caves Nature Adventure, Collingwood
Safety Guidelines: All Season Pass Holders and day guest visitors are now required to complete a Covid Self-Assessment screening test for each visit on the day of their visit prior to entering the grounds.
Hardwood Ski & Bike, Oro-Medonte
Safety Guidelines: Trail passes, and limited rentals are now only available for purchase in advance; only fatbikes are allowed for winter riding; no rentals of any type may be taken off property.
For information on Ontario attractions, virtual tools, and more, visit attractionsontario.ca.