Most of Ontario to reopen as part of Stage 3 on Friday

News Jul 13, 2020 by Megan DeLaire Toronto.com

Ontario's provincial government has announced 24 regions will enter Stage 3 of the province's phased reopening starting on July 17, at which point nearly all businesses and public spaces in Ontario will have reopened.

The province will also expand indoor and outdoor public gathering limits.

"Having seen a decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases as the province safely re-started over 90 per cent of economic activity with Stage 2, we now have the confidence to move certain regions into Stage 3, including expanding the size of gatherings indoors and outdoors," said Christine Elliott, Ontario's deputy premier and minister of health.

For now, this stage of reopening excludes the same regions that were the last to enter Stage 2: Durham, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton, Lambton, Niagara, Peel, Toronto, Windsor-Essex and York.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, regions given the green light to enter Stage 3 will see the following businesses, services and spaces open:

• Restaurants, bars, concession stands and other food and drink establishments can reopen for dine-in service

• Casinos and charitable gaming establishments

• Convention centres, meeting and event spaces

• Gyms, fitness studios and community centres

• Interactive exhibits with high-contact surfaces at museums and heritage institutions

• All on-site library services

• Concerts, artistic events, theatrical productions, performances and movie theatres

• Additional personal care services including facials, ear and facial piercing, eyebrow grooming and eyelash extensions

• Playgrounds and playground structures

• Recreational courses and workshops

• Indoor recreational activities like arcade rooms, escape rooms, bowling alleys and pool halls

• Team sports that don’t involve prolonged or deliberate physical contact between players

• Tour guide services

All customers or patrons using these services will still be required to follow physical distancing guidelines as well as any additional health measures required by the business or service provider.

Tony Elenis, president and CEO of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association, said that while the news is good for the hospitality sectors in communities that will enter Stage 3 on Friday, he worries about businesses that will be required to wait longer to offer dine-in service. 

“We applaud the reopening of indoor restaurants across many parts of Ontario but [are] disappointed that many major municipalities remain in Stage 2,” Elenis said in an emailed statement. 

“The industry is ready and prepared to open with safety as a priority following standard protocols in distancing, protective equipment, sanitizing practices, staff protection and training. We appreciate the health response…but the crisis is impacting hospitality the most with a long painful recovery ahead.”

Public gathering limits

As of July 17, Ontario will also relax gathering limits for regions entering Stage 3.

Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people and outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people, with gathering limits subject to physical distancing requirements.

These limits apply to community events or gatherings, concerts, live shows, festivals, conferences, sports and recreational fitness activities, fundraisers, fairs, festivals and open houses.

Regions not yet entering Stage 3 are still subject to the existing gathering limit of 10. The cap of 10 people for social circles will remain, province-wide, regardless of the stage of reopening.

Due to the likelihood of large crowds, difficulties with physical distancing, or challenges maintaining the proper cleaning required to prevent the spread of COVID‑19, the province has deemed the following places and activities not yet safe to open anywhere:

• Amusement parks and water parks

• Buffet-style dining

• Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment

• Overnight stays at children’s camps

• Private karaoke rooms

• Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports

• Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars

• Table games at casinos and gaming establishments

For more public health guidance and information about Stage 3 visit Ontario.ca/reopen.

Most of Ontario to reopen as part of Stage 3 on Friday

Third stage of province's reopening will begin July 17

News Jul 13, 2020 by Megan DeLaire Toronto.com

Ontario's provincial government has announced 24 regions will enter Stage 3 of the province's phased reopening starting on July 17, at which point nearly all businesses and public spaces in Ontario will have reopened.

The province will also expand indoor and outdoor public gathering limits.

"Having seen a decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases as the province safely re-started over 90 per cent of economic activity with Stage 2, we now have the confidence to move certain regions into Stage 3, including expanding the size of gatherings indoors and outdoors," said Christine Elliott, Ontario's deputy premier and minister of health.

For now, this stage of reopening excludes the same regions that were the last to enter Stage 2: Durham, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton, Lambton, Niagara, Peel, Toronto, Windsor-Essex and York.

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Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, regions given the green light to enter Stage 3 will see the following businesses, services and spaces open:

• Restaurants, bars, concession stands and other food and drink establishments can reopen for dine-in service

• Casinos and charitable gaming establishments

• Convention centres, meeting and event spaces

• Gyms, fitness studios and community centres

• Interactive exhibits with high-contact surfaces at museums and heritage institutions

• All on-site library services

• Concerts, artistic events, theatrical productions, performances and movie theatres

• Additional personal care services including facials, ear and facial piercing, eyebrow grooming and eyelash extensions

• Playgrounds and playground structures

• Recreational courses and workshops

• Indoor recreational activities like arcade rooms, escape rooms, bowling alleys and pool halls

• Team sports that don’t involve prolonged or deliberate physical contact between players

• Tour guide services

All customers or patrons using these services will still be required to follow physical distancing guidelines as well as any additional health measures required by the business or service provider.

Tony Elenis, president and CEO of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association, said that while the news is good for the hospitality sectors in communities that will enter Stage 3 on Friday, he worries about businesses that will be required to wait longer to offer dine-in service. 

“We applaud the reopening of indoor restaurants across many parts of Ontario but [are] disappointed that many major municipalities remain in Stage 2,” Elenis said in an emailed statement. 

“The industry is ready and prepared to open with safety as a priority following standard protocols in distancing, protective equipment, sanitizing practices, staff protection and training. We appreciate the health response…but the crisis is impacting hospitality the most with a long painful recovery ahead.”

Public gathering limits

As of July 17, Ontario will also relax gathering limits for regions entering Stage 3.

Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people and outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people, with gathering limits subject to physical distancing requirements.

These limits apply to community events or gatherings, concerts, live shows, festivals, conferences, sports and recreational fitness activities, fundraisers, fairs, festivals and open houses.

Regions not yet entering Stage 3 are still subject to the existing gathering limit of 10. The cap of 10 people for social circles will remain, province-wide, regardless of the stage of reopening.

Due to the likelihood of large crowds, difficulties with physical distancing, or challenges maintaining the proper cleaning required to prevent the spread of COVID‑19, the province has deemed the following places and activities not yet safe to open anywhere:

• Amusement parks and water parks

• Buffet-style dining

• Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment

• Overnight stays at children’s camps

• Private karaoke rooms

• Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports

• Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars

• Table games at casinos and gaming establishments

For more public health guidance and information about Stage 3 visit Ontario.ca/reopen.

Most of Ontario to reopen as part of Stage 3 on Friday

Third stage of province's reopening will begin July 17

News Jul 13, 2020 by Megan DeLaire Toronto.com

Ontario's provincial government has announced 24 regions will enter Stage 3 of the province's phased reopening starting on July 17, at which point nearly all businesses and public spaces in Ontario will have reopened.

The province will also expand indoor and outdoor public gathering limits.

"Having seen a decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases as the province safely re-started over 90 per cent of economic activity with Stage 2, we now have the confidence to move certain regions into Stage 3, including expanding the size of gatherings indoors and outdoors," said Christine Elliott, Ontario's deputy premier and minister of health.

For now, this stage of reopening excludes the same regions that were the last to enter Stage 2: Durham, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton, Lambton, Niagara, Peel, Toronto, Windsor-Essex and York.

Related Content

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, regions given the green light to enter Stage 3 will see the following businesses, services and spaces open:

• Restaurants, bars, concession stands and other food and drink establishments can reopen for dine-in service

• Casinos and charitable gaming establishments

• Convention centres, meeting and event spaces

• Gyms, fitness studios and community centres

• Interactive exhibits with high-contact surfaces at museums and heritage institutions

• All on-site library services

• Concerts, artistic events, theatrical productions, performances and movie theatres

• Additional personal care services including facials, ear and facial piercing, eyebrow grooming and eyelash extensions

• Playgrounds and playground structures

• Recreational courses and workshops

• Indoor recreational activities like arcade rooms, escape rooms, bowling alleys and pool halls

• Team sports that don’t involve prolonged or deliberate physical contact between players

• Tour guide services

All customers or patrons using these services will still be required to follow physical distancing guidelines as well as any additional health measures required by the business or service provider.

Tony Elenis, president and CEO of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association, said that while the news is good for the hospitality sectors in communities that will enter Stage 3 on Friday, he worries about businesses that will be required to wait longer to offer dine-in service. 

“We applaud the reopening of indoor restaurants across many parts of Ontario but [are] disappointed that many major municipalities remain in Stage 2,” Elenis said in an emailed statement. 

“The industry is ready and prepared to open with safety as a priority following standard protocols in distancing, protective equipment, sanitizing practices, staff protection and training. We appreciate the health response…but the crisis is impacting hospitality the most with a long painful recovery ahead.”

Public gathering limits

As of July 17, Ontario will also relax gathering limits for regions entering Stage 3.

Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people and outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people, with gathering limits subject to physical distancing requirements.

These limits apply to community events or gatherings, concerts, live shows, festivals, conferences, sports and recreational fitness activities, fundraisers, fairs, festivals and open houses.

Regions not yet entering Stage 3 are still subject to the existing gathering limit of 10. The cap of 10 people for social circles will remain, province-wide, regardless of the stage of reopening.

Due to the likelihood of large crowds, difficulties with physical distancing, or challenges maintaining the proper cleaning required to prevent the spread of COVID‑19, the province has deemed the following places and activities not yet safe to open anywhere:

• Amusement parks and water parks

• Buffet-style dining

• Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment

• Overnight stays at children’s camps

• Private karaoke rooms

• Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports

• Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars

• Table games at casinos and gaming establishments

For more public health guidance and information about Stage 3 visit Ontario.ca/reopen.