Coronavirus: What you can and cannot do in Ontario amid Stage 2 of reopening

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The Ontario government is taking a regional approach to Stage 2 of Phase 2 which begins Friday at 12:01 a.m. Ontarians can get together in groups of 10 and places of worship are allowed to operate as long as they follow proper guidelines. Some regions, most outside the GHTA, will see the reopening of businesses such as hair dressers and restaurant patios – Jun 9, 2020

On Monday, Ontario announced that a large portion of the province will enter into Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan later in the week.

Outside of the Greater Toronto area, Hamilton, Windsor, the Golden Horseshoe and Lambton County, a whole swath of new options will be allowed to reopen on June 12.

That said, not everything will be available just yet.

“Entering Stage 2 means parts of the province will see more people back on the job and an opportunity to get back together with friends and family,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford said in a statement. “Although this is extremely encouraging, I urge everyone to exercise caution and continue to follow public health advice as we are not out of the woods yet.”

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For a list of what was opened for Stage 1, click here.

What follows is a list of what you can and can’t do beginning with Stage 2:

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What can I now do in most of Ontario on June 12?

• Visit a hair or beauty salon, barbershop, piercing service, tanning salon, tattoo studio as long as they maintain proper physical distancing protocol.
• Visit a restaurant or bar which offers outdoor dining service including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties.
• Hit shopping malls that follow current restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only.
• Go on a bus or boat tour, a guided tour or tour a winery, brewery or distillery.
• Use a splash pad or a swimming or wading pool or hit the beach at an Ontario park. Slides and climbing structures will remain closed. You can take a fitness class or a swimming lesson but physical distancing measures will remain in place.
• Camp at an Ontario park or private campground.
• Use an outdoor recreational facility for team sports (with limits on physical distancing). (Locker rooms remain closed.)
• Play paintball, mini-golf, archery or hit a go-cart track.
• Go to a drive-in or drive-thru venue for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations.
• Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing.
• Attend a wedding or funeral, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.
• Hire a physical trainer, party planner or a personal organizer.
• Visit museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos outdoor heritage institutions (e.g., landmarks, outdoor historic sites, botanical gardens), and other establishments.
• Attend a service at a place of worship as long as attendance is limited to 30 per cent of the building’s capacity and physical distancing measures are in place.
• Small outdoor events, such as cultural celebrations, animal shows and fundraisers will be permitted in line with gathering-size restrictions, subject to local public health requirements.
• child care centres will open with strict public health measures in place, including to limit operational capacity.

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What can’t I do in most of Ontario on June 12?

• Wrestle or box, perform martial arts or play racquetball or squash.
• Pop into a restaurant, cafe or bar for indoor sitdown service.
• Attend gatherings of more than 10 people.
• Attend a festival, sporting event or concert.
• Attend a movie theatre, theatre or casino.
• Go to an indoor driving ranges and rod and gun clubs.
• Visit an amusement park or waterpark.
• Use play structures or outdoor fitness equipment.
• Attend a large outdoor event, such as concert, large festival, parade or amusement fair.
• Hit a gym, indoor sports facility, fitness facility or studio.

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