The majority of Ontario will now be classified under Stage Two of economic reopening as of Friday, with the only exceptions now being Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex.
The announcement was made on Monday by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who praised the province's efforts in slowing the virus, as Ontario experienced back-to-back days of under 200 new cases.
Stage Two permits restaurants to reopen their patios, as well as bars, shopping malls, outdoor recreational facilities, hair salons, and barbershops.
Toronto reported 85 new cases of the virus, while Windsor reported seven.
Stage one of the reopening started on May 19, with a concrete date for Stage Three yet to be determined. Ford said that each stage would likely last roughly two to four weeks, so long as cases do not spike.
Places that can open in Stage Two include:
- Personal care services
- Personal services
- Restaurants & bars
- Shopping malls & centres
- Film & TV
- Tour & guide services
- Water recreational facilities
- Outdoor recreational facilities
- Beaches, parks & camping
- Outdoor recreational team sports
- Drive-in & drive-thru venues
- Weddings, funerals and similar gatherings
- Community centres
- Attractions & heritage institutions
- Small outdoor events