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
  • Drive-ins
  • 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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