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Ottawa, Jun 8 (Canadian-Media): Ontario government announced Jun 8 that in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local health officials, it is moving forward with a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening the province and getting more people back to work and more recreational activities open, media reports said.
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Details of the Stage 2 reopening in Ontario were provided by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development
"We are able to make this announcement today because of the extraordinary effort of our frontline workers...Entering Stage 2 means parts of the province will see more people back on the job...I urge everyone to exercise caution and continue to follow public health advice as we are not out of the woods yet," said Ford.
Easing restrictions in communities is being done by the government of Ontario where it is safe to do so, based on trends of key public health indicators such as lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals, and progress made in testing.
Phase 2 of Ontario's plan of reopening would allow Ontarians to gather in groups of up to 10.
Many more businesses and services will be allowed to start in some areas later this week.
Only twenty-four of Ontario's 34 public health units will be allowed to move into Phase 2.
Rest of the 10 public health units, concentrated mainly in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and near the U.S.-Canada border, will be required to wait until they reach a consistent decline in their daily new cases.
Ontario's Phase 2 reopening would include places of worship with permission to welcome congregants again with a 30 percent capacity limit.
These changes would take effect on Friday, June 12, at 12:01 a.m.
An assessment of the situation would be done by the government at the beginning of each week, to determine whether these businesses are ready to move into Stage 2 at the end of the week.
"Our regional approach recognizes that different regions in the province are experiencing COVID-19 differently and can safely and gradually ease restrictions and reopen local businesses. We will continue to monitor any shifts in the spread and take decisive action to contain any outbreaks," said Elliot.
Businesses and services permitted to reopen with proper health and safety measures in place in regions entering Stage 2 include:Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties; Select personal care services including tattoo parlours, barbershops, hair salons and beauty salons; Shopping malls including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only;Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries; Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools; Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks; Camping at private
campgrounds; Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing; Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations; Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing; and Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.
More details on Child care; Summer camps; Post-secondary education pilots to help people graduate; Training centers; and Public transit, would be soon released, said the province.