Premier Doug Ford joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced the province’s reopening plan today.
Premier Ford states, “We are seeing increasingly positive trends and key public health indicators. As a result, we’re now in a position to look at a slow and measured reopening of the province through a gradual, three-step roadmap to safety reopen Ontario.”
The roadmap represents a way out of the pandemic and provides a path forward based on the province-wide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators.
Ontario’s three-step framework:
Step One of the roadmap has an initial focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds, where the risk of transmission is lower, and permitting retail to open with restrictions. This includes allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, outdoor dining of up to four people per table and non-essential retail at 15% capacity goings opening with restrictions in place. Also include outdoor activities, such as pools, fitness classes, zoos, and religious services.
Step Two would further expand outdoor activities and resolve and remedy indoors numbers of people, and with face coverings worn. This includes outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, outdoor sports and leagues, non-essential retail at 25% capacity, public libraries, and personal care services where face coverings can be worn and with capacity limits.
Step Three would expand access to indoor settings with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn. This includes but is not limited to gyms, cinemas, performing arts facilities, indoor dining and museums with capacity limits.
The province will remain in each step for at least 21 days. Allowing the government to evaluate any impacts on vaccination rates, key indicators and determine whether the province is ready to move to the next step safely. Ontario is expected to enter Step One of the roadmap around the week of June 14, 2021. If at the end of the 21 days, the following vaccination thresholds have been met, along with positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators, then the province will move to the next step:
- Step 1: 60 percent of adults vaccinated with one dose.
- Step 2: 70 percent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20 percent vaccinated with two doses.
- Step 3: 70 to 80 percent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25 percent vaccinated with two doses.
This Saturday, May 22, there will be reopening outdoor recreational amenities such as golf, tennis, basketball and other outdoor sports in time for the Victoria Day long weekend. Outdoor gathering limits will also be expanded to five people.
See link for the changes that are being amended for the stay-at-home order https://files.ontario.ca/solgen_oreg344-21_amend82-20_2021-05-20.pdf
The current provincewide stay-at-home order is in place until June 2, 2021.
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