Reopening Roadmap for Short Term Rentals in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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    From June 11th, 2021, The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake will enter the first step of Ontario’s roadmap to reopen, along with the rest of the province. This is good news for short term rental operators since the first step allows short term rentals to operate.

    Phase One & Short Term Rentals

    In accordance with O. Reg. 82/20: Rules for Areas in Shutdown Zone and Step 1, businesses that provide short term rentals are allowed to open in the first step. But only on the condition that any indoor recreational activities stay closed. These include indoor swimming pools, steam rooms, indoor sauna or whirlpools, and indoor fitness centres.

    All occupants must comply with restrictions on the size of organized events. These could be any public events or social gatherings. Also, the City does not authorize reservations for the accommodation of people from different households. So individuals reserving the use of a short term rental unit must be from the same household. 

    All services by short term rental operators must comply with physical distancing, cleaning, and disinfection guidelines. Operators must also follow the state emergency regulation, as well as public health recommendations.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Are there any restrictions on who I can rent out my licensed Short Term Rental to?

    The Operator is responsible for ensuring that rental unit reservations are limited to members of a single household. Members of a single household can only occupy individual rooms for Country Inns and Bed and Breakfast Establishments. All occupants must wear a mask when leaving the room and must maintain physical distancing at all times. 

    Consuming meals indoors is not permissible. However, residents can consume meals in their respective rooms. When serving food outdoors, all waiters must wear personal protective equipment. This equipment should protect their eyes, nose and mouth. They should also comply with all other public health requirements.

    • Do restrictions on social gatherings apply to short term rentals?

    The state has not permitted indoor social gatherings in phase one. However, outdoor social gatherings can accommodate up to 10 people. To get more information about other regulations, you can also visit Niagara-on-the-Lake’s official website, or contact us.