Phase 1 of re-opening plan in Mississauga, Brampton and Ontario starts Friday
Mississauga and Brampton will move along with the rest of Ontario into phase 1 of the provincial re-opening plan starting Friday, days earlier than planned.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said Premier Doug Ford met with provincial cabinet ministers today to review the plan that will begin June 11, three days earlier than planned for phase 1.
Under the phased-in approach the Province plans to gradually loosen many restrictions over the course of the summer in its plan to re-launch the economy and social interactions.
The phased-in approach is based on benchmarks the government has outlined and the first has already been reached with more than 60 per cent of Ontarians having received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
While many restrictions will remain in place under phase 1, businesses and the public will be allowed more freedoms on June 22. These include:
- Outdoor dining for up to four people per table
- Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people with some further exemptions for larger families
- Essential retail capacity at 25 per cent with no restrictions on goods that can be sold
- Non-essential retail capacity at 15 per cent with no restrictions on goods that can be sold
- Outdoor sports, training and personal training of up to 10 people
- Outdoor religious services with social distancing
- Day camps, and camp grounds can open
- Ontario parks will re-open
- Outdoor horse racing and motor speed racing will be allowed without spectators
- Outdoor pools, splash pad and wading pools can re-open.
- Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites and botanical gardens can re-open
- Concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open outdoors for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 performers, among other restrictions
"Thanks to the ongoing success of Team Ontario's vaccine rollout and the ongoing improvements in public health trends, we are able to enter step one of the Roadmap and begin to safely and cautiously lift restrictions," said Premier Doug Ford. "The only reason we're able to do so is because of the enormous sacrifices made by individuals, families and communities across Ontario. As we begin to enjoy the benefits of the first step in our roadmap like meeting friends on a patio or visiting your favourite local store, please do so safely by continuing to follow all public health guidelines."
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