Ontario Introduces 3-step COVID-19 Re-opening Plan

Published on May 21, 2021
[BLYTH] — The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and medical experts...


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NEWS                                                               May 21, 2021

 
The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and medical experts, released their Roadmap to Re-open, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously re-open the province and gradually lift public health measures.

In response to recent improvements in public health and health system indicators, Ontario will also re-open outdoor recreational amenities with restrictions in place, effective Saturday, May 22nd at 12:01am.

This roadmap represents a path out of the pandemic, while encouraging Ontarians to get vaccinated and follow public health advice. We all have a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and protecting the progress we've made together.

Ontario's Roadmap to Re-open outlines three steps to easing public health measures, guided by the following principles:

Pre-Step 1Re-opening outdoor recreational amenities with restrictions in place starting this Saturday, May 22nd at 12:01am.
  • All outdoor recreational amenities such as skateboarding parks, basketball courts, tennis courts, and golf courses
  • Outdoor gathering limit for social gatherings and organized public events increased to 5 people
  • Marinas, boating clubs and other organizations that maintain docking facilities can operate with restrictions.

Step 1
Focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds and permitting retail with restrictions.

When:
  • 60% of adults have received one dose of the vaccine (+2 weeks)

Thresholds considered:

  • Hospitalization, ICU, cases, infection rate and decline in % positivity


What can operate: (with restrictions)

  • Larger outdoor gatherings for up to 10 people
  • Outdoor dining for up to 4 people per table
  • Essential retail with capacity at 25%
  • Non-essential retail with capacity at 15%
  • Outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies with capacity limited to permit 2 metres of physical distancing
  • Outdoor sports, training and personal training for up to 10 people
  • Day camps
  • Campsites and campgrounds
  • Ontario Parks
  • Outdoor horse racing, motor speedways
  • Outdoor pools, splash pads and wading pools

Step 2
Expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn. 

When:
  • At least 21 days from Step 1
  • 70% of adults have received one dose of the vaccine and 20% fully vaccinated with two doses (+2 weeks)


Thresholds considered:

  • Hospitalization, ICU, cases, infection rate and decline in % positivity


What can operate: (with restrictions)

  • Larger outdoor gatherings for up to 25 people
  • Small indoor gatherings for up to 5 people
  • Outdoor dining for up to 6 people per table
  • Essential retail with capacity at 50%
  • Non-essential retail with capacity at 25%
  • Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times
  • Outdoor meeting and event spaces
  • Outdoor amusement and water parks
  • Outdoor boat tour operators
  • Outdoor county fairs and rural exhibitions
  • Outdoor sports leagues and events
  • Overnight camps
  • Outdoor cinemas, performing arts and live music events/attractions
Step 3Expanding indoor settings, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn.

When:
  • At least 21 days from Step 2
  • 70-80% of adults have received one dose of the vaccine and 25% fully vaccinated with two doses (+2 weeks)


Thresholds considered:

  • Hospitalization, ICU, cases, infection rate and decline in % positivity


What can operate: (with restrictions loosening over time)

  • Larger indoor and outdoor gatherings
  • Indoor dining
  • Essential and non-essential retail open with limited capacity
  • Larger indoor and outdoor religious services, rites or ceremonies
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces
  • Indoor sports and recreational facilities
  • Indoor seated events
  • Indoor attractions and cultural amenities (such as museums, art galleries, and libraries)
  • Bingo halls and casinos
  • Other outdoor activities from Step 2 now permitted to operate indoors


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