Although the City of Toronto isn’t included at this time, the majority of southern Ontario is set to enter Stage 2 of its reopening on Friday.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on Monday that the bulk of public health unit regions will be allowed to follow the protocol for the second stage of the province’s regional reopening plan.
The regions who have not qualified to commence Stage 2 of reopening will stay in Stage 1 until a later date.
These include Toronto Public Health, York Region Public Health, Peel Public Health, Halton Region Public Health, Hamilton Public Health Services, and Durham Region Health Department.
The newly announced reopenings will take place at public health unit regions that will be moving into Stage 2 on Friday at 12:01 am including Ottawa Public Health, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health, Eastern Ontario Health Unit, and Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services.
This means that certain businesses and services will be permitted to reopen once Stage 2 commences.
These businesses must follow proper health and safety measures upon opening.
Here’s a list of indoor reopenings for regions entering Stage 2:
- In service restaurants and bars. This is also applicable to other establishments including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties.
- Tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons may also reopen as they fall under the select personal and personal care services that the province has allowed reopening to.
- Shopping malls may open under existing restrictions. These restrictions include food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only.
- Weddings and funerals will also be able to commence, but will require limits on social gatherings to 10 people.
Here’s a list of outdoor reopenings for regions entering Stage 2:
- Bike and walking, bus and boat tours, tasting and winery tours, breweries and distilleries were also added to the list, as well as tour and guide services.
- Outdoor splash pads, wading pools and all swimming pools may open as well as water recreational facilities.
- Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks will also be permitted as well as camping at private campgrounds.
- Only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports will be commencing. However, there will be limits to enable physical distancing.
- Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installation will be reopened.
- Film and television production activities will be able to start-up but will be limited to enable physical distancing.
Ford also announced that all regions may gather in groups of up to 10 starting on Friday. Physical distancing measures will still be in place for all gatherings.
As of Monday, Mayor John Tory said some businesses in Toronto could reopen as early as June 19.