Today marks some re-openings in Ontario as the COVID-19 shutdowns begin to relax further.  Here is the latest:

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

Premier Doug Ford says provincial parks and conservation reserves will reopen for limited day use starting today, as cases of COVID-19 in Ontario near 20,000.  This is almost three weeks earlier than previously announced.

Recreational activities will be limited to walking, hiking, biking and bird-watching, Ford said at a daily news briefing on Saturday.

Camping is not permitted and all facilities, playgrounds and beaches will remain closed. People are urged to practice physical distancing and stay two metres apart.

“We’re trusting people to be responsible and take this seriously so they can enjoy themselves while staying safe and healthy,” Ford told reporters.

All buildings and washrooms, water taps, back country campsites and roofed accommodations will be closed. No group activities will be allowed.

Visitors will be able to access all parks and conservation reserves for free until the end of the month.

 

RETAIL

Today, retail stores with a street entrance can begin offering curbside pickup and delivery, in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s Guidance Document for Essential Workplaces and occupational health and safety requirements.

Thursday, May 14: The LCBO will extend its hours, opening from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Currently, the stores are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on those days. Sunday hours will remain the same, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, hardware and safety supply stores can open again in Ontario today, as the province slowly reopens some businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Garden centres and nurseries were permitted to open Friday. Further details on openings last week can be seen here.

RE-OPENING PLAN

(Source: Province of Ontario)

Stage 1

opening select workplaces that can meet current public health guidelines
allowing essential gatherings of a limited number of people
opening some outdoor spaces
continued protections for vulnerable populations

Stage 2

opening more workplaces with significant mitigation plans
opening more public spaces
allowing some larger public gatherings
continued protections for vulnerable populations

Stage 3

opening all workplaces responsibly
relaxing restrictions on public gatherings
continued protections for vulnerable populations
Considerations for each stage
a consistent two-to-four week decrease in the number of new daily COVID‑19 cases
sufficient acute and critical care capacity, including access to ventilators and ongoing availability of personal protective equipment
approximately 90% of new COVID‑19 contacts are being reached by local public health officials within one day, with guidance and direction to contain community spread
ongoing testing of suspected COVID‑19 cases, especially of vulnerable populations, to detect new outbreaks quickly

For a full list of updates, visit the Province of Ontario Website HERE.

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