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For Immediate Release 

January 20, 2022


The Ontario Government Announces the Three Stage Plan to Reopen Beginning on January 31

Hamilton, Ontario – Earlier today, the Ontario Government announced that, due to the provincial trends surrounding COVID-19 cases, Ontario will gradually begin reopening the province.

The Ontario Government will begin this reopening at 12:01am EST on Monday, January 31st, 2022 and will consist of three stages.

The Reopening will take place over the course of three months with 21 days between each of the three stages.

The first stage begins on January 31. During this stage, sporting events will be able to operate at 50 percent seated capacity or 500 people whichever is less. Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms can also operate at 50 percent capacity indoors at this time. The province announced that enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements would continue to apply in existing settings.

The second stage will begin no earlier than February 21, 2022. During this stage, spectator capacity at sporting events will be increased to 50 percent capacity with no maximum limit of 500. Capacity limits will be lifted in indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, such as non-spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities. Capacity will remain limited in the remaining indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is not required to the number of people that can maintain two metres of physical distance Enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements would continue to apply in existing settings.

The third stage will begin no earlier than March 14, 2022. During this stage, capacity limits will be lifted on all indoor public settings. Proof of vaccination will be maintained in existing settings in addition to other regular measures.

To view the Ontario Government’s full health measures  CLICK HERE

Through these restrictions, Football  Ontario will continue to work with and engage members in order to make sure the provincial football community is engaged and updated on any changes. The organization will work tirelessly to do what it can to ensure that there can be a successful spring flag and touch football and an OSFL season in 2022. Football Ontario will be ensuring virtual programming for the Football Ontario Futures/Team Ontario participants, coach and official training over the next few weeks and throughout the winter.

Football Ontario is constantly awaiting further information from the Ontario Government and the Ministry on any updates or changes that may affect our members. Stay tuned to the organization’s website and social media channels for any updates.

Be sure to consult with your local health authorities as well as facilities to ensure alignment with their individual guidelines.


Aaron Geisler

Executive Director

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