Food Premises and Events

Provincial Rules under the Reopening Ontario Act

Overview of requirements for establishments serving food or drink

Please note: The information provided on this webpage does not contain legal advice and should not be relied on or treated as legal advice; those for whom these recommendations are intended may seek their own legal advice for their specific circumstance.

Businesses and organizations should review Rules for Step 2 - Ontario Regulation 263/20 for details around requirements listed below. 

  • Must have a COVID-19 workplace safety plan
  • No indoor dine-in service
  • For outdoor dine-in service, must:
  • Actively screen employees
  • Post screening signage
  • Face coverings worn indoors (can be removed temporarily to eat or drink)
    • Workers must also wear eye protection if cannot distance from someone not wearing a face covering (and not separated by impermeable barrier)
  • If the outdoor dining area is covered (i.e., roof, tent, awning, canopy, etc.), must have:
    • at least two full sides of the dining area open and not substantially blocked by any walls or other barriers, or
    • one full side and the roof open (if roof is retractable)
  • No dancing, no kareoke

For additional resources to support the above requirements, please review the information below.

Proof of Vaccination Requirements

Provincial regulations and guidance documents to support implementation of proof of vaccination requirements are provided here: 

For posters, please visit our Signs and Posters page.

Workplace Safety Plan

Most businesses are required to have a safety plan and make it available upon request. 

Screening Tools for Workplaces

All businesses and organizations are required to actively screen employees prior to entry to the workplace.

Some businesses, including food or drink establishments, meeting and event spaces, conference centres and convention centres, are also required to actively screen patrons. For further details, visit Screening Patrons - A Tool for Businesses and Organization.

Collecting Patron Information

WDGPH Section 22 Class Order – Face Coverings

WDGPH Guidance Documents

For further information on gathering limits, please refer to our Events and Gatherings page. 

Ontario resources related to food services or events

Public Health Agency of Canada

In the Workplace

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings

As a business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that prior to reopening, that you have met the requirements as outlined in the information and resources provided above.   Please also be aware that Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is unable to review individual business reopening plans.  An inspection of your facility will occur in the near future, based on risk assessments and Public Health Inspector capacity and availability as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Due to the volume of calls and questions we receive, we may be unable to respond to questions in a timely manner.  Please make all efforts to thoroughly review the information and resources provided above.

If, after reviewing the resources available, you have additional questions, you can contact a public health inspector at 519-822-2715 extension 4753 or