Majority of Ontario Allowed to Enter Stage 3
The Ontario government has announced on July 13, that 24 of 34 regions will move on to Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan on July 17. The remaining 10 regions will remain in Stage 2 until further notice.
The public health units moving to Stage 3 include:
- Algoma Public Health
- Brant County Health Unit
- Chatham-Kent Public Health
- Eastern Ontario Health Unit
- Grey Bruce Health Unit
- Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
- Huron Perth 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 & 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 Health Unit
- Timiskaming Health Unit
- Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
The public health units that remain in Stage 2 include:
- Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
- York Region Public Health
- Peel Public Health
- Toronto Public Health
- Durham Region Health Department
- Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
- Halton Region Public Health
- Hamilton Public Health Services
- Lambton Public Health
- Niagara Region Public Health
Some of the highlights of the Stage 3 reopening plan include:
- Indoor gathering limits will increase from 10 to a maximum of 50 people, while outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people. Please note that physical distancing of at least 2 metres is still a requirement for people who are not from the same household or social circle.
- All restaurants, bars, concession stands, and other food and drink establishments can reopen for indoor dine-in.
- Gyms and fitness studios can reopen with safety protocols in place.
- Playgrounds, community centres and libraries can reopen.
- Personal care services (specifically that tends to a customer’s face) can reopen.
- Amateur and recreational sports leagues may resume so long as they do not allow prolonged or deliberate physical contact between players or if they have modifications to avoid physical contact between players.
Health measures such as wearing face masks, hand washing, and physical distancing remains important for everyone’s health and safety.
For more detailed information about the province’s updated reopening framework for Stage 3, visit this link.