Here's what's staying closed in Toronto's Stage 2 of reopening

Jun 23 2020, 8:09 am

Toronto is officially moving into Stage 2 of reopening this week.

Premier Doug Ford announced on Monday that the City of Toronto will officially be able to enter Stage 2 on Wednesday, June 24 at 12:01 am.

This means that you will be able to dine on restaurant patios and go shopping at the mall, but not everything will be opening back up quite yet.

“Today is good news for Toronto and the many businesses who have been patiently waiting to open their doors again. The City of Toronto is ready to oversee the safe restart of some services and the partial reopening of many businesses following the provincial announcement. The progress we are seeing in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our community has led to this moment,” Toronto Mayor John Tory said on Monday.

“Every Toronto resident and business who have done the right thing over the last three months by following public health advice have helped get us to this moment. I want to thank all our frontline workers who have been focused on fighting this pandemic. Their efforts have saved thousands of lives and have helped us get to the point where we can proceed to the next stage.”

The City of Toronto has recommended that businesses develop a plan to protect employees, have flexible policies for employee attendance and conduct screening prior to entering the workplace. They have also said that physical distancing is still important along with supporting proper hand hygiene and the implementation of personal protective equipment.

Businesses that are reopening are required to have appropriate public health measures in place to ensure safety.

Here is a list of everything that will be staying closed, for now:

Movie theatres

Movie theatres are one of the entertainment amenities that are not permitted to reopen in Stage 1 or Stage 2 or reopening plans.

Playgrounds and amusement parks

Playgrounds and play structures are restricted from reopening in Stage 2. Recreational facilities that are outdoor only and that operate low-contact attractions are only allowed to reopen. If a two-metre physical distance can not be achieved between patrons, the recreational activities or area will not be permitted for reopening.

Outdoor exercise equipment

Outdoor exercise equipment will remain closed at this time. If a two-metre physical distance can not be achieved between patrons, the recreational activities or area will not be permitted for reopening.

Festivals, concerts, or marathons

Festivals, concerts and marathons all fall under the section of large outdoor events that will not be allowed to take place. This will also include parades. Any non-essential gathering that takes place in-person, of any size, is continued to be strongly discouraged.

Indoor gyms, studios, and some sports facilities

Although there will be personal physical fitness trainers and sports trainers (outside of gyms only) there will be no indoor gyms, studios, and some sports facilities. Team sports and other sports that are likely to people coming within two metres of each other are not allowed to resume.

Steam rooms, saunas, and bathhouses

Although some personal care services will be allowed to open, steam rooms, saunas, and bathhouses fall under the restrictions that have been laid out in the Province’s Stage 2 framework. The framework also prohibits services that tend to a customer’s face. This includes facials, facial hair grooming, eyebrow grooming and makeup, as well as oxygen bars.

Baths, hot tubs, floating pools and sensory deprivation pods are also closed. There are exceptions for these services if therapeutic purposes have been prescribed by or administered by a regulated health professional.

Medium or large gathering events

There are currently restrictions in place on how many individuals are allowed to gather together. In Stage 2, any non-essential gathering that takes place in-person, of any size, is continued to be strongly discouraged.