Haircuts and outdoor fitness to be allowed in Ontario's lockdown zones

Mar 26 2021, 10:48 am

The Ontario government is making changes to Grey-Lockdown zone rules that will allow outdoor fitness classes to resume and personal care services to open.

In a Friday news release, officials announced the lockdown rules would be relaxed slightly starting at 12:01 am on Monday, March 29.

Outdoor fitness classes including team and individual sports will be allowed with a maximum of 10 people per class or activity.

Marinas and boating clubs will also be able to reopen their restaurants and clubhouses for outdoor dining.

Later, on Monday, April 12, personal care businesses including hair and nail salons, barbershops, and tattoo shops will also be allowed to reopen with limited capacity certain COVID-19 precautions.

The province is also re-jigging capacity allowances for outdoor weddings, funerals, and other religious services. Going forward, gathering limits will be based on whether people can maintain two metres of physical distance rather than specific numbers of guests.

Officials say they’re making the changes to support business and promote individuals’ fitness during the pandemic.

At the same time, cases in Ontario have been trending upwards recently with more than 2,000 daily infections reported for the past two days.

Also on Friday, the province announced Hamilton will be moving to the Grey-Lockdown level due to concerning virus-related indicators.

Premier Doug Ford also announced the Ontario government is building a new hospital in Brampton that will contain a 24-hour emergency department. Construction will start in 2023.

 

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