It’s now reported that Stage 3 of reopening will be coming to Niagara along with Durham, Halton, Hamilton,  Haldiman-Norfolk, Lambton and York regions this Friday with the official announcement being made this afternoon about at 1 PM by Ford.  Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex  are still excluded for at least another week.

 

CHANGES WITH STAGE 3 – Openings

-Indoor gathering limits increase from 10 to a maximum of 50 people, while outdoor gathering limits increase to a maximum of 100 people.  However, physical distancing is still required during any gathering with people from outside an individual’s social circle. The province is not increasing the number of people a person can gather with without physical distancing measures in place.

- gyms and fitness studios can reopen with safety protocols in place

-organized sports can also resume, with the exception of contact sport

-playgrounds, community centres and libraries will reopen

- personal support services to resume that involve a customers’ face, such as facials and some piercings

-all restaurants, bars, concession stands, and other food and drink establishments are allowed to reopen for indoor dining

-casinos will be allowed to reopen but table games are banned.

What still can’t open in Stage 3?

  • amusement parks/water parks
  • buffet-style food services
  • dancing in restaurants and bars
  • private karaoke rooms
  • overnight stays at camps for children
  • prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports, saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars
  • Nightclubs are still banned from reopening, except for the purpose of serving food or drinks.

 

For the current case reporting in the Niagara Region please visit the link HERE.  For the latest information from the Government of Ontario’s website regarding COVID-19, visit the link HERE.

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