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3-step reopening plan: What to expect in Ontario this summer

Last Updated Jun 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm EDT

Barber and owner of Chris Edwards, left, wears a mask and cuts the hair of customer. The Associated Press

Step 1, slated for June 11, will allow for outdoor dining (4 patrons per table) and non-essential retail at a 15% cap.

Step 2, slated for June 30, will see hair and nail salons reopen and allow for limited indoor gatherings.

Step 3, slated for late July, will allow for indoor dining and gyms to resume. Over 80% of adults need one dose.

The Ford government’s “Roadmap to Recovery” is trucking along after the province announced Thursday that, similar to Step 1, the province will enter Step 2 on June 30 and a few days ahead of schedule.

Premier Doug Ford announced back on May 20 that outdoor amenities would reopen with restrictions in place, revealing the three-step plan in the process.

The province has been in Step 1 of the plan since June 11. This stage will continue until the beginning of Step 2, on June 30.

As Ontario vaccinates more of its population at an accelerated pace, the three steps will be based on that supply and the daily clip at which people get the shot.

The province will also factor in COVID-19 case counts, percent positivity, and hospitalization rates.

As a result, each step will be in place for at least 21 days “to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators.”

“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,” the government said.

After the stay-at-home order expired on June 2, the Ford government hinted that the reopening plan could be jumpstarted a few days in advance.

Here is how the full plan looks.

Step 1 – 60% of adults vaccinated with one dose

In this step, which officially began on June 11, outdoor activities resumed with small, well-managed crowds.

The idea is to ensure that the risk of COVID-19 transmission is minimal.

With hospitalizations, ICU occupancy and new admissions going down, the stage officially commenced at 12:01 a.m. and will be in place until June 30, when Step 2 begins.

Taking a look at some examples of businesses, concert venues, theatres and cinemas opened outdoors for the purpose of “rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 performers, among restrictions.”

For personal training, fitness classes, and sports training, it’s allowed outdoors with 10 people maximum per session, each spaced 3 metres apart.

Began: June 11

Will end: June 30


Outdoor settings: 

  • Up to 10 people gathered outside
  • Up to 4 people per table (patio dining); with exceptions for larger households
  • Sports, training, and personal training: Up to 10 people
  • Day camps
  • Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks, and short-term rentals
  • Ontario Parks
  • Horse racing and motor speedways
  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity and other restrictions
  • Graduations: The government is enabling school boards for “public and private elementary and high schools” to invite students back for brief outdoor end-of-year celebrations.


Indoor settings:

  • Religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 15% capacity of the particular room


Retail settings: 

  • Essential retail capacity at 25% (with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold)
  • Non-essential retail capacity at 15% (with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold)



Step 2 – 70% of adults vaccinated with one dose, 20% fully vaccinated:

Before this step can begin, 70 per cent of Ontario adults need to have received at least one dose, and 20 per cent need to have received both doses.

As of Wednesday, June 23, the government says over 76 per cent of the population in Ontario ages 18 and over have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and over 29 per cent have received their second dose.

In this stage, we can expect to see outdoor activities and gatherings increase in size. We’ll also see the resumption of limited indoor services.

Indoor cinemas will be closed but outdoor cinemas can open with some restrictions. As for performing arts centres, they will be closed indoors with the exception of rehearsing or performing a broadcasted event. All outdoor performing centres can open with some capacity restrictions.

Outdoor fitness classes and personal training will be allowed to have 25 people maximum.

Will begin: June 30


Outdoor settings: 

  • Larger gatherings for up to 25 people
  • Dining for up to 6 people per table (patio dining)
  • Cinemas, performing arts, live music events and attractions at 25% capacity
  • Meeting and event spaces
  • Amusement and water parks at 25% capacity
  • Boat tour operators
  • County fairs and rural exhibitions
  • Fitness classes
  • Outdoor sports leagues and events at 25% capacity
  • Weddings permitted at capacity, limited to permit at least two metres of physical distancing


Indoor gatherings: 

  • Gatherings allowed for up to 5 people
  • Personal care services (barbers, hair salons, nail salons, etc.) at 25% capacity. Face covering must be worn at all times
  • Religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 25% capacity
  • Weddings permitted at 15% capacity
  • Overnight camps


Retail settings: 

  • Essential retail at 50% capacity
  • Non-essential retail capacity at 25%
  • Stores in shopping malls reopen


Step 3 – 70-80% of adults vaccinated with one dose, 25% fully vaccinated:

If 21 days after the beginning of Step 2 public health trends continue to head in the right direction – and 70 to 80 per cent of adults have received their first dose with 25 per cent of adults have received their second dose – the province will enter Step 3.

This step will see the resumption of indoor services with larger numbers of peoples, such as cinemas, casinos, and larger religious services.

Both indoor and outdoor gyms will be allowed to open, with some restrictions.

Both indoor cinemas and indoor performing arts centres will be allowed to open with restrictions in place.

Could begin: July 23 or later


Indoor settings: 

  • Dining
  • Larger religious services, rites, and ceremony gatherings
  • Casinos and bingo halls
  • Meeting and event spaces
  • Sports, fitness and recreational facilities (Gyms)
  • Seated events
  • Attractions and cultural amenities
  • Museums, art galleries and libraries
  • Other activities from Step 2 permitted to happen indoors


Retail settings: 

  • Essential and non-essential retail open with limited capacity


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