Ontario moves to Stage 3 on July 16

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It allows eating indoors, expands indoor activities where face covers cannot always be worn

Ontario is moving to the next stage of early reopening.

Stage 3 of the Roadmap to Reopening Ontario will begin on Friday, July 16.

It allows for indoor eating and expands indoor activities where face covers cannot always be worn. For this step, face coverings in indoor public places and physical distancing are still required. Face coverings are also required in some outdoor public places.

Ontario moved to stage 2 on June 30 and was supposed to be at that stage for at least 21 days. The province has already met its key immunization targets for the move – 70 to 80 percent of adults who received a dose and 25 percent of adults fully immunized.

As of July 8, more than 77 percent of Ontarians aged 12 and over had received their first dose and over 50 percent had received their second dose. There has also been continuous improvement in key public health indicators such as hospitalizations, intensive care unit occupancy and weekly case rates.

“While this is exciting news, we must always remain vigilant and continue to follow the public health measure that we know is working and keeping us safe. Vaccines remain our ticket out of the pandemic, so if you haven’t made your appointment yet, please do so today, ”said Christine Elliott, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, in a statement. communicated.

Step 3 allows, without being limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions;
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including marriage services and authorized funeral services with physical distancing;
  • Indoor meals allowed with no limit to the number of customers per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in force;
  • Opening of indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities subject to a maximum capacity of 50% of the indoor space. The capacity of spectators inside is 50 percent of the usual capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less. The capacity for outside spectators is 75 percent of the usual seating capacity or 15,000 people, whichever is less;
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces permitted to operate with physical distance and other restrictions still in effect and a capacity limited not to exceed 50% of capacity or 1,000 people (whichever is less);
  • Essential and non-essential retail business with a capacity limited to the number of people who can maintain a physical distance of two meters;
  • Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, with a capacity limited to the number of people who can maintain a physical distance of two meters;
  • Museums, galleries, historic sites, aquariums, zoos, monuments, botanical gardens, science centers, casinos / bingo halls, amusement parks, rural fairs and exhibitions, festivals, with a capacity limited to 50% of the capacity at the indoor and 75% of the outdoor capacity;
  • Concert halls, cinemas and theaters authorized to operate at:
    • up to 50 percent indoor capacity or a maximum limit of 1,000 for seated events (whichever is less)
    • up to 75 percent of outdoor capacity or a maximum limit of 5,000 people for events without a seat (whichever is less); and up to 75% of outdoor capacity or a maximum of 15,000 people for events with fixed seating (whichever is less).
  • Real estate open house with a capacity limited to the number of people who can maintain a physical distance of two meters; and
  • Indoor food or beverage establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, allowed up to 25 percent of capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (depending on lower).

The province will remain in Stage 3 for at least 21 days and until 80 percent of the eligible population aged 12 and older have received their first dose and 75 percent have received their second dose, according to the announcement. All public health units must also have at least 70 percent of their population fully immunized.

“Other key public health and healthcare indicators must also remain stable. Once these thresholds are reached, the vast majority of public health and occupational safety measures, including capacity limits for indoor and outdoor environments and limits for social gatherings, will be lifted. Only a small number of measures will remain in place, including the requirement for passive control, such as posting a sign, and businesses requiring a security plan, ”the announcement said.

A full breakdown of the roadmap for the reopening is available here.


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