As Ontario enters a regional approach to reopening the economy, it can be difficult to know what is and is not allowed in different areas of the province.
As of 12:01 am on June 12, many regions in Ontario entered Stage 2 of reopening, excluding the GTA.
However, in every region of the province, gatherings have increased from five to 10 people. For those who are meeting and don’t live in the same household, physical distancing must still be maintained.
Also, all childcare centres are allowed to reopen with some restrictions, including limiting the number of children, putting children and staff in groups of 10 or less day over day, screening all children and staff for symptoms prior to entry, and a no visitor policy.
Additionally, all places of worship in Ontario will also be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30% of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers.
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There are a number of other businesses and activities that can reopen across the province starting Friday.
But it’s important to note these reopening cannot happen yet in Toronto, Durham, Hamilton, Niagara, Peel, York, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Lambton, and Windsor-Essex.
At the beginning of each week, the government will provide an update on the ongoing assessment of these regions, and whether they are ready to move into Stage 2 at the end of the week.
According to the province, businesses and services permitted to reopen with proper health and safety measures in place in regions entering the next stage include:
- Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties
- Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barbershops, hair salons and beauty salons
- Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only
- Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries
- Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools
- Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks
- Camping at private campgrounds
- Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing
- Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations
- Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing
- Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people
As more people return to work, the services they rely on will need to be available regardless of the stage a region is in. The province will soon release more details on training centres and public transit.
And on Tuesday, Ford announced that summer day camps will also be allowed to reopen as part of Stage 2, based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and with strict health and safety protocols in place.