The Ontario government has lifted restrictions on short-term rentals in the province, including cabins, cottages, homes, hunting and fishing camps, resorts, houseboats, condominiums, and bed and breakfasts.
Beginning just after midnight on Friday, June 5th, short-term rentals can resume. The government says owners and operators are expected to follow occupational health and safety guidelines and general public health advice by consulting:
- the health and safety guidelines related to the tourism and hospitality sector
- the health and safety guidelines for hotel reception, room service, and front-line staff
- the health and safety guidelines for hotel housekeeping and laundry employees
- the advice of local public health officials under s.22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act when considering how they can reopen their doors to guests.
The government originally banned short-term rentals — defined as rentals of 28 days or less — on April 4th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, short-term accommodations could be provided only to individuals in need of housing.
The story has been updated to confirm the date when restrictions on short-term rentals were lifted and with information about health and safety guidelines.