A significant number of businesses in Ontario will be opening Friday as they enter Stage 2, ending the months-long closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Greater Toronto Area, which accounts for more than 67 per cent of all COVID-19 cases in Ontario to date, along with Peel and Windsor-Essex remain in Stage 1 as as their COVID-19 numbers are still considered too high.
Here is what you can expect to re-open:
- Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons
- Hair removal, tanning, piercing and tattoo services
- Party and wedding planning
- Personal physical fitness and sports trainers (outside of gyms)
- Wedding Chapels
- Restaurants and bar patios and outdoor areas
- Malls, shopping centres and markets
- Indoor and outdoor pools
- Outdoor paintball, mini-golf, go-cart tracks
- Camping including RV and car camping
- Museums, galleries, aquariums
- Ontario is also allowing places of worship to reopen, with attendance limited to 30 per cent capacity, with physical distancing rules in place.
WHERE ARE THEY OPENING?
Durham Region, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton Region, Hamilton, Lambton, Niagara Region, York Region
WHEN DO THEY RE-OPEN?
Friday June 19
HOW DID WE GET HERE?
In late April, the Ford government unveiled its three-phase plan to reopen the province after the economy came to a grinding halt because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ontario reported its first case of COVID-19 on January 25, after a man in his 50s who travelled to China.
UPDATES TO SITUATION
Visit the Ontario Government’s website HERE.
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