Travel probably won’t be the same for quite some time. The coronavirus has made travel much more complicated. And when it comes to entertainment, lots of businesses have had to close or change their services. Nevertheless, there’s still plenty to do in Toronto if you’re visiting!
In Ontario, the government has created a system of various stages to control the spread of coronavirus. In each stage, certain activities and businesses are allowed to operate, while others are not.
As of September 2020, Toronto is in “stage 3.” In this stage, certain things aren’t operating as normal, such as amusement parks, buffet restaurants, saunas, and bars. However, there are still plenty of businesses operating that promise a great time! Here are some ideas of some fun things to do in Toronto that are safe and, most importantly, open.
Head to a Restaurant Patio
As of September 2020, restaurants are open with a few restrictions in place. If you’re dining inside, there will be plastic partitions between tables, and you’ll be asked to stay seated throughout your meal. However, if weather permits, sitting at an outdoor patio can feel pretty normal.
Spend an evening enjoying a meal and drinks at a restaurant like Hemingway’s, The Porch, or Against the Grain.
Get a Massage
While certain features of Toronto’s spas are currently closed (such as saunas), you can still head to one of the city’s masseuses. If you’re travelling for business, this is a wonderful way to unwind, de-stress, and release some of those post-lockdown knots! Make sure to bring a mask with you as it will be required inside.
Try a Socially Distanced Fitness Class
In the past few months, fitness studios have started to reopen around the city. Most studios that have reopened have had to cut their class sizes by quite a lot in order to allow for social distancing. Try taking a barre, yoga, or spin class to get a feel for the city’s amazing fitness scene!
Visit an Outdoor Cinema
Indoor cinemas have reopened with smaller audience capacities. However, Toronto is home to a few excellent outdoor cinemas. Before the cold Canadian winter sets in, catch a film at an outdoor cinema.
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has planned an outdoor drive-in cinema in early September at five locations around the city! Find out more today.
Take Part in a Small Tour of the City
While large tours are no longer operating, smaller guided tours of the city have started up again. If you’re new to Toronto, this is a great way to get a feel for the city and learn about its history. Or, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, why not follow a map and take yourself on a walking tour!
Visit One of the City’s Amazing Museums
Most of Toronto’s museums have reopened to the public. Here are a few of the city’s best-loved museums and what you can see there:
- Royal Ontario Museum. See a huge collection of Canadian artifacts in this centrally located museum
- Casa Loma. This faux chateau was built in 1914, but feels like a true Baroque relic
- Art Gallery of Ontario. One of the country’s most famous galleries, featuring pieces by Canadian and international artists
- Bata Shoe Museum. Discover the surprisingly fascinating history of shoes
- Aga Khan Museum. Discover the rich history of Islamic civilizations
- Mackenzie House. See the home of Toronto’s first mayor in this intimate, historic home
While all of these museums are reopened, most require you to wear a mask inside and book in advance.
Catch a Live Performance
Most theatres and music venues remain shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are actually a few opportunities to see live performances this fall in Toronto. For instance, this September sees the outdoor Jazz Festival up and running. Plus, Canadian Stage recently announced that they are presenting a range of theatrical and dance performances in safe outdoor venues throughout the fall.
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