Much of province to reopen

by Editorial Staff | July 13, 2020
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Indoor and outdoor gathering limits will increase to respective maximums of 50 and 100 as most of Ontario outside of the Golden Horseshoe moves to Stage Three of the province’s reopening framework on Friday, July 17.

Most businesses and public spaces such as indoor restaurants, bars, gyms, cinemas, and outdoor playgrounds – will reopen, although physical distancing requirements will remain, officials stated on Monday, July 13.

Limits still apply

Public gathering limits apply to indoor and outdoor events, such as community events or gatherings, concerts, live shows, festivals, conferences, sports, and recreational fitness activities, fundraisers, fairs, festivals or open houses.

A two-metre distance must still be maintained at these events, officials stated.

Regions remaining in Stage 2, including Toronto, Hamilton, and other parts of the southwest, will maintain the existing gathering limit of 10.

Social circles in all stages at this point will also be kept to a maximum of 10 people province-wide, regardless of stage, officials stated.

Preserve progress: Premier

“Our success in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and getting Ontario to a place where we are ready to reopen most of the province is a testament to the hard work of business owners, individuals, and families right across the province,” Premier Doug Ford stated.

“So many have stepped up and played by the rules, demonstrating that we can restart our economy safely and responsibly. Small actions can make a big difference. Now more than ever, we must continue to follow the public health advice to preserve the progress we have made together.”

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