The provincial government announced it will be moving with a regional approach to Stage 2 of re-opening the province.
The move is made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local health officials, easing restrictions in communities where it is safe to do so based on trends of key public health indicators.
Stage 2 includes:
- Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars, and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots, and adjacent properties.
- Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons, and beauty salons.
- Shopping malls under existing restrictions, 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.
- Film and television production activities with limits to enable physical distancing.
- Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.
As more people return to work, the services they rely on will need to be available regardless of the stage a region is in. The province will soon release more details on services such as: child care, summer camps, post-secondary education, training centres, and public transit.
Though Sarnia-Lambton was not included as a region able to move on to Stage 2 just yet, the government will be assessing each region weekly to determine whether they are ready to move into Stage 2.
To read the full statement, click here.