Here's What Can Reopen In Toronto During Stage 2

By: Jenelle Cameron

Here's What Can Reopen In Toronto During Stage 2

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JUNE 24 2020

As of today (Wednesday, June 24th) Toronto is entering the next stage of the Ontario government’s COVID-19 recovery plan, joining the 32 other public health regions that have already entered Stage 2.


Province of Ontario

During Stage 2, a significant number of new businesses will be allowed to reopen and resume services, including restaurant patios, hair salons, and malls.

As the City of Toronto prepares for the next stage of reopening, here’s a breakdown of everything that’s allowed to reopen.


Personal care services:

Establishments providing personal care services can open with the proper health and safety protocols in place.

Where physical distancing cannot be maintained, personal care service providers should ensure that patrons wear face coverings at all times and that workers wear face coverings and other appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves.

Personal care services must also take measures to enable physical distancing between patrons, such as limiting the number of people who may be in the business at any one time. Businesses should also consider operating by appointment and/or recording each patron’s name and contact information for the purpose of contact tracing.

Restrictions for personal care services include:


Personal services

Businesses primarily engaged in providing other personal services can open with the proper health and safety protocols in place. All services must be provided with physical distancing of at least two metres. This includes:

Personal services should use measures to enable physical distancing, such as limiting the number of people who may be in the business at any one time. Businesses should also consider operating by appointment and/or record each patron’s name and contact information for the purpose of contact tracing.


Restaurants and bars

Restaurants, bars, food trucks, and other food and drink establishments such as wineries, breweries, and distilleries can open for dining in outdoor areas only, such as patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent premises.

Establishments must take appropriate measures to ensure physical distancing of at least two metres between patrons from different households, including:


Shopping malls and centres

In addition to providing online, curbside pickup, and delivery services, all shopping centres, malls and markets may open. Stores in these facilities must follow the same guidelines as those set out for other retail services.

Industry associations recommend that efforts to screen people for COVID-19 symptoms at shopping malls is best performed at the entry point of the shopping centre rather than at individual shops.


Photography

All photography studios and services, including portrait, aerial, special event, commercial, and industrial photography can reopen. Physical distancing must be maintained between all individuals on set whenever possible and must be taken into consideration when organizing the layout of the set.

 


Film and TV

All film and television production activities will be allowed to resume. Physical distancing must be maintained between all individuals on set whenever possible and must be taken into consideration when organizing the layout of the set.
 


Tour and guide services

Indoor and outdoor tour and guide services will be allowed to resume, including: Businesses should consider operating by appointment and/or record each patron’s name and contact information for the purpose of contact tracing. Patrons must adhere to physical distancing measures and limits to public gatherings.

Equipment may be rented as needed as part of the tours. Equipment should be properly cleaned and disinfected in between rentals.

Access to production areas for tours of food and beverage manufacturing sites is permitted, as long as operators can follow workplace guidance and public health advice to ensure quality and cleanliness of products. Eating or drinking can occur in licensed outdoor spaces but is not permitted indoors.
 


Water recreational facilities

All indoor and outdoor swimming pools and outdoor splash pads and wading pools may open to the public with no access to high-contact aquatic features such as slides and climbing structures. To ensure the safety of patrons and staff, the following measures should be taken:

 

Outdoor recreational facilities

Outdoor-only recreational facilities that operate low-contact attractions and activities will be allowed to reopen. This includes activities such as: To ensure the safety of patrons and staff, the following measures should be taken:  

Beaches, parks, and camping

In Stage 2, Ontario Parks campgrounds and private campgrounds can open for recreational vehicles, car camping, and all other types of camping.

To ensure the safety of all campers, the following measures should be taken:  

Outdoor recreational team sports

Outdoor team sports may resume, if physically distanced, for training only and with no scrimmages or games.  

Drive-in and drive-thru venues

All existing and new drive-in and drive-thru venues can open for a variety of purposes, such as theatres, concerts, animal attractions, and cultural appreciation, such as art installations.

 

Weddings, funerals, and similar gatherings

Venues not otherwise restricted can open to conduct wedding ceremonies, funerals and similar gatherings within existing public health restrictions.

 

Libraries

All libraries can reopen with limited on-site services, such as computer access and contactless book pickup and drop-off.
However, patrons are not permitted to handle books or materials on shelves and libraries should operate in adherence to public health guidelines on physical distancing, capacity and hygiene procedures (disinfecting returns and high-touch areas like computers).

 

Community centres

Community centres can reopen to the public with limited or modified on-site programs and services that follow workplace guidance and public health advice.

 

Attractions and heritage institutions

Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, outdoor heritage institutions (landmarks, outdoor historic sites, botanical gardens), and other establishments primarily engaged in preserving and exhibiting objects, sites and natural wonders of historical, cultural and educational value are permitted to reopen with restrictions. Persons in the place of business shall maintain physical distancing of at least two metres from each other at all times by enforcing timed entry, limiting the number of visitors allowed in at one time, managing visitor flow (one-way flow), and establishments should consider operating by appointment and/or record each patron’s name and contact information for the purpose of contact tracing.
 

Small outdoor events

Non-essential in-person gatherings of any size continue to be strongly discouraged. Small outdoor events, such as cultural celebrations, animal shows and fundraisers will be permitted in line with gathering-size restrictions, subject to local public health requirements.

Although restrictions are being gradually relaxed in Stage 2, the government is strongly recommending that everyone in Ontario follow public health advice, including physical distancing, wearing a face covering if physical distancing is a challenge, washing hands frequently and thoroughly, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.


Province of Ontario


What are you most excited to do as we move into Stage 2?! Comment below to let us know!

Source: Daily Hive Toronto