Premier Doug Ford has announced that the majority of Ontario will move to Stage 3 re-opening as of July 17, 2020. The Greater Toronto Area will remain in Stage 2 for the time being.
“Every corner of our province is getting back to work,” Premier Doug Ford said at a Monday news conference.
“Today, we are ready to take the next step.”
The following public health units will remain in Stage 2 for the time being:
- Durham Region Health Department.
- Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit.
- Halton Region Public Health.
- Hamilton Public Health Services.
- Lambton Public Health.
- Niagara Region Public Health.
- Peel Public Health.
- Toronto Public Health.
- Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
- York Region Public Health.
Ford reports that these areas entered Stage 2 later than others and therefore they need more time before moving to Stage 3.
What does Stage 3 mean?
Stage 3 will allow for indoor dining, live performance art shows and the reopening of playgrounds and movie theatres – however, physical distancing and other health precautions remain in place.
Ford announced that the province will allow gatherings of up to 50 people indoors and outdoor gatherings of 100 people. However, physical distancing must remain in place for those not in the same household or social circle.
Canadians should get used to the health measures currently in place as they are likely to stay for the foreseeable future including wearing face coverings, hand washing and physical distancing.
Social circles will remain at 10 for now but the province is expected to loosen those restrictions in the coming weeks.
The number of daily cases has been decreasing, with hospitalizations being at an all-time low. Nearly 89% of all COVID-19 cases have now been resolved in Ontario.