Ontario lifts restrictions on short-term rentals as of June 5

Restrictions lifted on rentals of cabins, cottages, homes, hunting and fishing camps, resorts, houseboats, condominiums, and bed and breakfasts

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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.
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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.

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