Mississauga and Brampton can fully open by August under new three-stage plan

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It's back to nature for Mississauga and Brampton residents as Premier Doug Ford is gradually lifting the Ontario-wide ban that has prevented most outdoor group activities.

Ford has just announced that most outdoor activities, including golf and tennis, will be able to take place just in time for the long weekend. By mid-June, Ontario will allow some limited openings for restaurant patios and non-essential shopping.

"While we must remain conscious of the continued threat the virus poses, with millions of Ontarians having received at least their first dose of vaccine we can now begin the process of a slow and cautious re-opening of the province in full consultation with our public health professionals," Premier Doug Ford said.

The re-openings will be part of a three-step process called "A Roadmap to Re-open" that sets out a plan to slowly open the economy as long as a specific benchmarks are reached, such as reduced hospitalizations and increased vaccinations.

The benchmarks will start June 14 and require 60 per cent of adults to be vaccinated with at least one dose. If this is reached it will allow outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, indoor dining of up to four people and non-essential stores to operate at a 15 per cent level.

Estimated to begin in July, the second stage would require 70 per cent of the population be vaccinated and 20 per cent fully vaccinated. If this happens, larger outdoor gatherings of 25 people will be allowed as will religious services, personal care shops and outdoor dining of up to six people. Camps, waterparks and fairs will also be allowed to take place.

The third step would be begin in later July or early August if 80 per cent of the population is vaccinated. This final stage would mean indoor and outdoor gatherings could take place including indoor dining and that all sports activities would be able to resume.


Step One

Step One will permit the resumption of outdoor activities with smaller, well-managed crowds where
risk of transmission is minimized and will permit retail, all with restrictions in place, including but not
limited to:

* Outdoor gatherings up to 10 people;
* Outdoor dining up to 4 people per table;
* Outdoor fitness classes, personal training and sports training up to 10 people;
* Essential retail at 25 per cent capacity and can sell all goods (including discount and big
box);
* Non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity;
* Retail stores in malls closed unless the stores have a street facing entrance;
* Outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies with capacity limited to permit 2 metres
physical distancing;
* Horse racing and motor speedways without spectators;
* Outdoor horse riding;
* Outdoor pools, splash pads and wading pools with capacity limited to permit 2 metres
physical distancing;
* Outdoor zoos, landmarks, historic sites, and botanical gardens with capacity limits;
* Campsites, campgrounds and short-term rentals; and
* Ontario Parks.


Step Two
Ontario will remain in Step One for at least 21 days. If at the end of those 21 days the province has
vaccinated 70 per cent of adults with one dose and 20 per cent of adults with two doses and there
are positive trends in public health and health system indicators, Ontario will move to Step Two.
Step Two will further expand outdoor activities and will resume limited indoor services with small
numbers of people where face coverings are worn, with other restrictions in place, including but not
limited to:

* Outdoor gatherings up to 25 people;
* Indoor gatherings up to 5 people and other restrictions;
* Outdoor dining up to 6 people per table;
* Outdoor sports and leagues;
* Outdoor meeting and event spaces with capacity limits;
* Non-essential retail at 25 per cent capacity; essential retail at 50 per cent capacity;
* Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times with capacity limits;
* Outdoor cinemas and performing arts with capacity limits;
* Horse racing and motor speedways for spectators with capacity limits;
* Outdoor tour and guide services with capacity limits;
* Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 per cent capacity;
* Public libraries with capacity limits;
* Outdoor waterparks and amusement parks with capacity limits; and
* Fairs and rural exhibitions with capacity limits.


Step Three
Ontario will remain in Step Two for at least 21 days. If at the end of those 21 days the province has
vaccinated 70 to 80 per cent of adults with one dose and 25 per cent of adults with two and positive
trends in public health and health system indicators continue, Ontario will move to Step Three.
Step Three will permit the resumption of indoor services with larger numbers of people, with
restrictions in place, including but not limited to:

* Outdoor gatherings with larger capacity limits;
* Indoor gatherings with larger capacity limits and other restrictions;
* Indoor dining with capacity limits;
* Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities with capacity limits;
* Indoor meeting and event spaces with capacity limits;
* Essential and non-essential retail capacity expanded;
* Personal care services with capacity expanded and other restrictions;
* Indoor cinemas and performing arts facilities with capacity limits;
* Indoor and outdoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings with capacity limited to permit 2 metres physical distancing;
* Indoor museums and art galleries with capacity limits;
* Indoor zoos, aquariums, waterparks and amusement parks with capacity limits;
* Casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits; and
* Other outdoor activities from Step Two permitted to operate indoors.

 

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