Ontario: Step One Reopening

by | Jun 7, 2021 | External, GWSA News

The province started economic reopening on Friday, June 11.  

Limited outdoor dining, outdoor fitness classes, outdoor religious services and camping resume under the first step of the plan. Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are also permitted and more retail businesses can open for in-person sales with capacity restrictions.

The province will follow a three-step reopening plan throughout the summer as it climbs out of a harsh third wave of the pandemic.

Restrictions are expected to lift further after at least 21 days, based on vaccination rates and other health indicators.

Step One: Began June 11 at 12:01 am

Step One will permit the resumption of more outdoor activities with smaller, well-managed crowds where risk of transmission is minimized and will permit retail, all with restrictions in place, including but not limited to :

  • Outdoor gatherings up to 10 people;
  • Outdoor dining up to 4 people per table;
  • Outdoor fitness classes, personal training and sports training up to 10 people;
  • Essential retail at 25 per cent capacity and can sell all goods (including discount and big box);
  • Non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity;
  • Retail stores in malls closed unless the stores have a street facing entrance;
  • Outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies with capacity limited to permit 2 metres’ physical distancing;
  • Horse racing and motor speedways without spectators;
  • Outdoor horse riding;
  • Outdoor pools and wading pools with capacity limited to permit 2 metres’ physical distancing;
  • Outdoor zoos, landmarks, historic sites, and botanical gardens with capacity limits;
  • Campsites, campgrounds and short-term rentals; and
  • Overnight camping at Ontario Parks.

Learn more about the provincial opening here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario