As of 12:01 a.m. today, Ontario entered Step 1 of its reopening plan which happened three days ahead of schedule. Residents will be able to enjoy the summer weather with a range of outdoor activities now permitted. Premier Doug Ford’s office said Ontario is “exceeding the best-case scenario.”
Step 1 started today and the government said each step will last at least 21 days, which means Step 2 will likely be on July 2. The entire province has moved into Step 1, except for the Porcupine Health Unit that is extending its lockdown to June 24. Outdoor and public events are now permitted with a maximum of 10 people but indoor gatherings are still not allowed.
Patios are permitted to reopen today, with up to four people at a table, unless they live in the same household. Each table or group of people must be two metres apart and there is no limit on the number of tables. Restaurants can also return to normal hours of liquor service, which is Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Essential and other select retail stores will be allowed to open at 25 per cent capacity and non-essential retail can open at 15 per cent capacity. There will no longer be restrictions on the items being sold at stores. Malls will still be closed, only stores featuring street-front entrances can open.
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