Step Three: Reopening July 16.
Ontario is moving to Step 3 of its reopening plan on Friday July 16, five days earlier than planned, allowing for larger indoor and outdoor gatherings, the province said Friday.
- The move allows for outdoor social gatherings of up to 100 people and up to 25 people inside.
- Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms, would be able to open again at 50 per cent capacity or a maximum of 1,000 people, whichever is less.
- Indoor dining, retail and personal care would have no capacity limits as long as patrons can properly physically distance.
- Religious services and events such as weddings and funerals can also operate indoors, as long as people are following other public health measures.
- Places such as cinemas, museums, aquariums, casinos and bingo halls can run at 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent outdoors.
- Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities, such as gyms, will be able to open July 16 at 50 per cent capacity or a maximum of 1,000 people, whichever is less.
- The move also allows for concerts, theatres and sports facilities to operate at 50 per cent capacity inside, with a max of 1,000 people. If outside, they can run at 75 per cent capacity with a max of 5,000 people for unseated events and 15,000 people for events with fixed seating.
The provincial mandate for masks indoors will remain in place until at least September.
Ontario was originally slated to move to Step 3 on July 21, but the province has passed its COVID-19 vaccination target for entering Step 3, with 78 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and more than 50 per cent fully vaccinated as of Wednesday.
The province will stay in Step 3 for at least three weeks, the government said in a news release, and “until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second, with no public health unit having less than 70 per cent of their population fully vaccinated.
“Upon meeting these thresholds, the vast majority of public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity limits for indoor and outdoor settings and limits for social gatherings, will be lifted.”
-from CBC 2021 07 09
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Step Two: Reopening started June 30.
Ontario moved to stage 2 — which includes haircuts — June 30, two days earlier than expected and just in time for Canada Day.
Aside from a return to haircuts and personal-care services like nail salons, where services can be provided while employees and patrons are wearing masks, changes in the second step of reopening include fewer limits on outdoor activities such as sports and leagues, and higher customer capacity in stores.
Malls were allowed to reopen to in-person shopping with capacity limits.
What Opened in Stage Two?
• Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people
• Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to five people
• Essential and other select retail permitted at 50 per cent capacity
• Non-essential retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity
• Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times can resume at 25 per cent capacity
• Outdoor dining with up to six people per table, with exceptions for larger households
• Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding and funerals, permitted at up to 25 per cent capacity per room
• Outdoor fitness classes limited to the number of people who can maintain three metres of physical distance
• Outdoor sports without contact or modified to avoid contact, with no specified limit on number of people or teams participating, with restrictions
• Overnight camps for children operating in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
• Outdoor sport facilities with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity
• Outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas, with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity
• Outdoor horse racing and motor speedways, with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity
• Outdoor fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals, permitted at 25 per cent capacity and with other restrictions
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