Team sports, increased dining could happen in Mississauga and Brampton next week
Mississauga and Brampton residents could be enjoying more indoor and outdoor activities sooner if Premier Doug Ford steps up his plan to move the province into phase 2 of his re-opening schedule.
Originally scheduled to begin on July 2, most of the criteria for the broader re-openings under phase 2 have already been reached which has brought calls to adjust plans and make it happen as early as next week.
Ford said he will be meeting with his science advisory table to gain more insight on the potential repercussions of increasing the pace of his phased approach to openings.
"No one in this province wants to open up quicker than I do,” said Ford hinting at which way he is leaning on the issue.
Originally the plan called for phase 2 to begin when 70 per cent of Ontario had received their first dose of the COVID vaccine and 20 per cent had received their second dose. Those numbers have essentially been achieved.
Under phase 2 some restrictions will be lifted and others will be broadened.
- The return of outdoor sport leagues
- Outdoor concerts and cultural events including movies
- Allowing personal care services to commence where masks can be worn
- Outdoor dining of up to six people per table
- The opening of outdoor amusement and water parks
- Allowing fairs and exhibitions
- Increasing outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people and indoor gatherings for up to five
- Essential retail at 50 per cent capacity
- Non-essential retail at 25 per cent capacity
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