Ontario entering Stage 3 of COVID-19 reopening on Friday except GTA

Published On July 14, 2020 | By Abhinav Mendhe | COVID-19, News
Ontario outlined a plan to enter Stage 3 of reopening with the exception of the Greater Toronto Area. (REUTERS/Carlos Osorio)
Abhinav Mendhe

Most of Ontario is entering the final phase of COVID-19 reopening this Friday.

Ontario will move to Stage 3 of reopening on July 17, but the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area will remain in Stage 2

Ontario’s Stage 3 plan permits indoor gatherings in restaurants, live performing arts shows and allows movie theatres and playgrounds to re-open provided the required health measures are followed.

“We are continuing to see a decline in case numbers and in hospitalization, so we are ready to take the next step,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford said at a Monday press conference.

Twenty-four out of the 34 public health regions in Ontario will move to the Stage 3 of reopening, while Toronto, Peel, Niagara, York, Durham, Halton, Lambton, Hamilton, Haldimand, and Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 2.

Stage 3 allows for indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of 100 people, excluding working staff, performers and crews. The hygiene practice of physical distancing, hand washing, face masks, and respiratory hygiene will be continued.

The timeline below reviews the three stages of Ontario’s economic reopening.

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