Premier Doug Ford has confirmed that Toronto has been approved to enter into Stage 2 of the province’s regional reopening of the economy on Wednesday, June 24.
Premier Doug Ford made the announcement on Monday during his daily COVID briefing at Queen’s Park, along with other ministers.
The Peel Region has also been granted permission to enter into Stage 2, leaving Windsor-Essex as the only region to remain in Stage 1, as it continues to trace an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 among migrant farmworkers.
The move will allow residents in Toronto and Peel to eat on patios, get a haircut, and shop in indoor malls, among other changes.
“Today’s announcement is another sign that we continue to make steady progress,” said Premier Ford. “We have been working hand-in-hand with our municipal partners and local public health units to safely and gradually reopen the province. We will do everything we can to get our final region, Windsor-Essex, into Stage 2 as soon as possible. That’s why we are ramping up testing and inspections on Ontario’s farms to protect workers and keep our food supply chains strong and healthy.”
Tronto and the Peel region will join the 31 other public health regions that entered Stage 2 on June 12 and 19.
Businesses and services permitted to reopen with proper health and safety measures in place in regions entering Stage 2 include:
- Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties;
- Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barbershops, hair salons and beauty salons;
- Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only;
- Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries;
- Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools;
- Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks;
- Camping at private campgrounds;
- Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing;
- Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations;
- Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing; and
- Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.
Additionally, all places of worship in Ontario will be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30% of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers.
At the beginning of each week, the government will provide an update on the ongoing assessment of these regions, and whether they are ready to move into Stage 2 at the end of the week.
A full list of every business that’s allowed to reopen in Stage 2 can be found here.
This comes as Ontario health officials reported an additional 161 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, of which 44 cases were recorded in Peel Region, followed by Toronto with 36, and Windsor-Essex with 32 new cases. All of the other public health units across the province reported either zero or fewer than 10 new cases.