Toronto and Peel Are Entering Stage 3 Reopening: Here’s What That Means

By: Jenelle Cameron

Toronto and Peel Are Entering Stage 3 Reopening: Here’s What That Means

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JULY 30 2020

In Stage 3, you can go to the gym, take in a movie, get your eyebrows waxed or plucked and take your kids to the local playground.

But you can’t dance in a bar, eat at a buffet or wrestle.

In fact, nearly all businesses and public spaces in Toronto and Peel will be able to gradually reopen in Stage 3 starting this Friday, according to a long list posted to Ontario.ca.

 

Meetings and Gatherings

Limits for indoor gatherings will increase to a maximum of 50 people and outdoor gathering limits will increase to 100 people. The limits apply to organized or spontaneous events including wedding and funeral receptions, parties, fundraisers, casinos, bingo halls, concerts and live shows, convention centres, gyms, fitness studios, movie theatres, real estate open houses, sporting and racing events and tour guide services, including boat tours.

As introduced in Stage 2, people may gather indoors for religious services, rites and ceremonies, including wedding ceremonies and funeral services, but venues may only operate at 30 per cent capacity.

For those who have to do the counting, people who are working — for example performers and crews — do not count towards gathering limits.

Drive-ins and drive-thru venues are not subject to gathering limits.
 

Sports and Recreation

Community centres may reopen and classes, lessons and sports may resume, but not team sports that require people to be close up, like wrestling or judo.

Outdoor playground and play structures are permitted to reopen.

Indoor recreational activities can resume, including arcade rooms, escape rooms, bowling alleys and pool halls. Karaoke is permitted outside of private karaoke rooms.

Amateur and recreational sports leagues may resume.
 

Arts and Culture

Interactive displays, social events, instructional classes and performances at museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites and other attractions may resume.

Libraries may reopen for all on-site services, as long as materials that are circulated, returned or accessed within the library are disinfected or quarantined before being recirculated.

Live shows, performing arts and movie theatres may resume operations, including rehearsals, but must observe social distancing rules and limits on gatherings. The gathering limits apply to the entire facility, regardless of the number of theatres or performance stages within the facility. Performers and staff are not included in the gathering limits.

Plexiglas or some other impermeable barrier is required between the audience and singers as well as players of brass or wind instruments.

Music lessons, language classes, tutoring and art classes may resume. Plexiglas or some other impermeable barrier and physical distancing are required for any instruction that involves singing or playing wind or brass instruments. Tour and guide services may resume.
 

Personal Services

In Stage 3, you can get a facial, eyelash extensions, eyebrow grooming and ear piercing. All restaurants, bars and nightclubs may open for dining-in. Concession stands may reopen.

Nightclubs may open for serving food or drinks only.
 

Overall Health and Safety

In all cases, safe social distancing must be practised and limits on gatherings observed.

Residents are being asked to continue to wash their hands well and frequently, to wear a mask indoors and outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained, and to keep the number of people in their social circles to 10.

Working from home or remotely as much as possible is still being encouraged. So is minimizing travel.


What's Still Closed

Some facilities will remain closed because they are likely to draw large crowds or create problems with physical distancing. They include:

  • Amusement parks and water parks

  • Buffet-style food services

  • Dancing at restaurants and bars (performers excepted)

  • Overnight camps for children

  • Private karaoke rooms

  • Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars

  • Table games at casinos and gaming establishments.


SOURCE: TORONTO STAR