Dance Studios & Stage 2 Update

Published on October 21, 2020

As a result of the Stage 2 regulations in Toronto, Ottawa, York and Peel Region, dance studios have been closed, leaving many youth and professional dancers without the opportunity to practice.

The health of Ontarians remains the government’s top priority. We also recognize that, when practiced safely, sport and recreation continue to play an important part in the physical, emotional and economic well-being of Ontarians.

That’s why, Minister MacLeod announced dance classes can resume immediately in modified Stage 2 regions after a decision taken by the government with the advice of the CMOH and the Ministry of Health.

Stage 2 amendments have been updated to identify dance, such as ballet, hip hop, and ballroom, can still be taught and practiced safely when certain public health measures are followed – similar to other permitted activities such as cheerleading, gymnastics, hockey, basketball, and swimming.

This important update means that amateur and professional dance classes, delivered for the purpose of teaching or training amateur or professional dancers in dance techniques, are permitted to operate provided specified conditions are met.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts continue to closely monitor the evolving situation across the province to advise if and when public health measures or restrictions should be adjusted or tightened.