What is allowed on Friday as Ontario enters Step 1 of reopening?

TORONTO – Ontario will reopen its doors on Friday so the decks can resume operations and non-essential retail stores can once again accept personal customers.

On June 11th, the province enters Step 1 of Ontario’s economic reopening plan. This phase is mainly focused on allowing outdoor activities to resume and small businesses to open.

Here is a list of what is allowed:

  • Social gatherings in the open air and organized public events for up to 10 people.

  • Outdoor worship and ceremonies, including weddings and funerals, are limited to the number of people who can be physically within two meters.

  • Indoor services and ceremonies, including weddings and funerals, are permitted up to 15% occupancy of the respective room.

  • Non-essential retail trade allowed at 15 percent capacity, with no restriction on salable goods.

  • Essential and other selected retail stores are allowed with 25% capacity with no limit on salable goods.

  • Outdoor dining with up to four people per table, except for larger households.

  • Outdoor fitness courses, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual / team sports training with up to 10 people allowed.

  • Day camps for children that may be operated in accordance with the COVID-19 safety guidelines of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

  • Overnight camping at campsites and campsites, including Ontario parks, and short term rentals.

  • Concert venues, theaters and cinemas may be opened outdoors to rehearse or perform, among other things, a recorded or broadcast concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 actors.

  • Racecourses and expressways in the open air may be operated without spectators.

  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historical sites, botanical gardens with capacity restrictions and other restrictions.

In a press release announcing the move to Step 1, the government said the above list is not exhaustive and could be expanded.

Ontario will stay in Step 1 for a minimum of 21 days before moving to Step 2 of the reopening plan.

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