Reopening plan starts Friday; includes outdoor dining

Ruben Hill
June 8, 2021

The second step represents a broader economic reopening but will not take place until at least 21 days after the first stage begins.

As of June 6, 2021 at 8:00 p.m., 72% of adults in Ontario had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with over 10 million doses administered.

"The numbers are continuing to show steady improvement", Yaffe said. There are now 497 patients in intensive care units, including 31 patients from Manitoba compared with 687 patients two weeks ago.

Premier Doug Ford said the province is in good shape, on Monday having reported 525 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest number in Ontario in eight months.

"Thanks to the tremendous efforts of every Ontarian, beginning June 11 we will be able to cautiously lift public health measures in the settings we know are safest", said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

Improvement in key public health and health system indicators were also critical.

He also asked for greater indoor capacity for more business types and said independent retailers in malls want permission to open.

Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, are permitted at up to 15 per cent capacity of the event room.

Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity and other restrictions.

Outdoor pools and wading pools can also welcome residents back.

Elementary and high schools will be permitted to have a brief end-of-year celebration, which must meet specific requirements.

The province is expected to stay in Stage 1 for 21 days, but there's reason to believe the government may cut that slightly short if the province's key health indicators continue to improve as they have been: the government would prefer to move to Stage 2 for Canada Day if at all possible, which is only 20 days from June 11.

Ontario will enter the first step of its reopening plan on Friday, allowing non-essential retail stores to reopen for the first time in months and bars and restaurants to begin serving customers on their patios in time for the weekend.

Speaking with reporters during a briefing on Monday afternoon, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams said that officials wanted time to review more data to ensure there was no pronounced uptick in transmission as a result of the Victoria Day long weekend and have now concluded that any impact was "minimal". "We must all remain vigilant, as the fight against COVID-19 is not over". Those gatherings will need to abide by certain public-health regulations.

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