Emergency brake lifted: here’s what can open today


The first step of the reopening roadmap allows for more outdoor activities with small crowds

Ontario has officially entered the first step of the three-step “Roadmap to Reopening” unveiled by the government last month.

This means the Ontario government is releasing the province-wide emergency break to lift the restrictions.

The changes, effective this morning at 12:01 am, include:

  • Restaurant terraces can once again accommodate clients of up to four people per table.
    • Meals inside are not allowed until step three of the plan.
  • You can organize an outdoor gathering of up to 10 people with physical distancing and the use of a mask in place. The gathering is not limited to members of your household.
  • All non-essential retail stores that were closed during emergency braking can reopen at 15% of building capacity.
  • Essential retail stores can have up to 25 percent of the building’s capacity indoors at a time.
  • Religious services, rites and ceremonies are allowed at 15% of building capacity indoors and capacity outdoors is limited to the number of people who can assemble in the space while maintaining a distance of two meters from each other.
  • Day camps can resume.
  • Outdoor pools and paddling pools can open.
  • Night camping resumes
  • Outdoor sports training, fitness classes and personal training in groups of up to 10 people are permitted. No match or team training is allowed.
  • Outdoor horse races and motor circuits may operate, but spectators are not permitted.
  • Masks are always mandatory indoors in public areas and on terraces, except while eating or drinking.

According to the provincial government, Ontario will stay on stage one of the roadmap for at least 21 days before moving to stage two where further restrictions will be lifted.

For a complete overview of the three-step roadmap, Click here.


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