More business – including salons – will open their doors in Ontario on June 30.
The provincial government has announced it will move into the second phase of the reopening plan in six days, which will include the opening of personal care services at 25 per cent capacity, more people gathering outdoors and at religious services, children’s over night camps being allowed to operate and outdoor concert, theatre and cinemas able to operate at 25 per cent. Fairs will also be able to operate at 25 per cent.
To enter step two of the Reopening Plan, Ontario needed to have 70 per cent of adults with one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 20 per cent with two doses for at least two weeks. Yesterday, 76 per cent of adults over 18 had one dose and 29 per cent had their second.
Officials say the number of people in ICUs across the province is also declining with 305 there yesterday compared to 450 two weeks ago.
The vaccination rates actually exceed what the province wanted to open even further, but in a news release, officials said the province may remain in step two for 21 days to evaluate the impacts on the COVID-19 rates.
Here’s a more detailed list of what will change Wednesday:
- Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
- Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 5 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, and at 25 per cent capacity and other restrictions;
- Outdoor dining with up to 6 people per table, with exceptions for larger households and other restrictions;
- Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 25 per cent capacity of the particular room;
- Outdoor fitness classes limited to the number of people who can maintain 3 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.
The full law is found here