In his daily provincial announcement, Premier Doug Ford and his government announced a shortlist of businesses allowed to reopen in the province, with the Toronto area being exempted from this list.
The announcement comes as parts of Ontario begins to start its second phase for the provincial reopening plan, indicating that the province is will be restarting its economy through a regional approach.
Businesses allowed to reopen include restaurants, hair salons, and malls. Reopening for these businesses can begin on Friday.
There was also an announcement for the province’s public health unit regions, as they too will be moving forward to the second stage on June 12.
Like the businesses, health units located in Toronto, as well as Niagara and Windsor, are not included in the list for the second stage reopening and will remain in stage 1 of the restart phase until more progress is made.
The province has said that at the beginning of each week from this moment on, there will be an update regarding the reopened regions and the assessments being made for them. The assessments will determine whether they are ready to move into stage 2.
Social gatherings have also been increased in terms of size, as the province will now be allowing gatherings with up to 10 people. Physical distance rules will still be enforced throughout the entire province, regardless of what reopening stage the region is in.
Places of worship have also been allowed to reopen, but the province is limiting the attendance for these places. The current attendance allowed is 30 percent of the building’s capacity.
The decision to proceed to stage 2 was made after a consultation between the province and the Chief Medical Officer of Health with local health officials.
“We’re moving forward with an approach that lets us make decisions for specific parts of Ontario based on what’s happening on the ground, based on the advice of the chief medical officer of health, our command table and our local public health experts,” Ford told the media.
“We will continue to keep a close eye on regions that will not reopen this Friday and we need just a little more time… For the regions that have to wait a little bit longer, I ask you, please remain patient”.
Ford went on to say that he is confident that the regions excluded from the reopening stage will be at that point “very, very soon”.
Currently regions that will not move onto Stage 2 of the reopening plan are:
- Hamilton and Niagara
- Border Regions Windsor-Essex and Lambton
Here is a list of the businesses returning in stage 2 (Toronto excluded)
- Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars, and other establishments.
- Personal care services like tattoo parlours, barbershops, hair salons, and beauty salons. Proper health and safety measures will have to be put in place.
- Shopping malls with restrictions in place. Food services will need to be takeout and outdoor dining only.
- Tour and guide services.
- Water recreational facilities.
- Beach access and camping at Ontario Parks.
- Camping at private campgrounds.
- Outdoor recreational facilities.
- Drive-in and drive-through venues like theatres, concerts, art installations, and more.
- Film and television production.
- Weddings and funerals limited to 10 people.
Here is a list of public health units moving to stage 2
- Algoma Public Health
- Brant County Health Unit
- Chatham-Kent Public Health
- Eastern Ontario Public Health
- Grey Bruce Health Unit
- Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
- Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health
- Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
- Middlesex-London Health Unit
- North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
- Northwestern Health Unit
- Ottawa Public Health
- Peterborough Public Health
- Porcupine Health Unit
- Public Health Sudbury and Districts
- Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services
- Renfrew County and District Health Unit
- Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit
- Southwestern Public Health
- Thunder Bay District Public Health Unit
- Timiskaming Health Unit
- Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
Ontario COVID-19 Stats
Confirmed Cases: 30,860
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