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Toronto reopens indoor recreational amenities, pools to open Wednesday

Last Updated Jul 19, 2021 at 7:32 am EDT

The city will begin reopening recreational amenities starting July 19. Brett Jordan

In line with Step 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan, Toronto is reopening several recreational amenities on Monday.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa says staff have worked closely with Toronto Public Health to execute specific adjustments to program capacities and parameters to meet new provincial guidelines.

Mayor John Tory told Breakfast Television last week the city is using a stage-based approach.

“Starting on Monday you will get the indoor fitness and the walking facilities, you’ll be able to have slightly larger gatherings,” said Tory.

“Starting Wednesday, we open up the swimming pools to a greater extent and then next Monday the youth spaces and senior spaces.”

Here is what Toronto will reopen as of July 19 and onwards.


  • Indoor fitness centres
  • Indoor weight rooms
  • Indoor permits for meetings and events
  • Indoor walking tracks
  • Public access to community centre spaces for heat relief, washroom and shower access


Wednesday, July 21

  • Indoor lane and leisure swim
  • Indoor drop-in programs for sports and leisure


Monday, July 26

  • Enhanced Youth Spaces
  • Indoor aquafit classes
  • Indoor fitness classes
  • Seniors’ centres
  • Conservatories


“Acess to community centres and indoor activities do not require reservations although reservations will be available for fitness centres, aquafit, group fitness classes and lane and leisure swim with walk-in spaces set aside,” said Mayor John Tory on Wednesday.

“All other activities will be managed on a first-come, first-serve basis.”

The province entered Step 3 on Friday at 12:01 a.m. allowing for indoor dining, gyms and movie theatres to reopen, among other businesses.

There will be no capacity or table limits but social distancing rules will remain in place and masks will remain mandatory.

Indoor social gatherings and organized public events are limited to 25 people. If the new maximum capacity is lower than 25 people, indoor gatherings are limited to that number.

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All indoor spaces are allowed to operate at a 50 per cent capacity.

“I’m delighted to begin welcoming back Torontonians to our City’s indoor recreational amenities,” said Mayor Tory.

“Staff worked closely with Toronto Public Health to follow provincial health guidelines to keep residents safe and active. A big thank you to staff who have worked tirelessly to start reopening City services and amenities.”