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Ontario moves to Stage 3 reopening

UPDATED JULY 20: Ontario moves to Phase 3 in an additional seven regions

Ontario announced that the following regions would be moving into Stage 3 on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.:

  • Durham Region;
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Region;
  • Halton Region;
  • Hamilton Region;
  • Lambton Region;
  • Niagara Region; and
  • York Region.

Toronto, the Region of Peel, and the Region of Windsor-Essex County remain in Phase 2.

As a reminder, Phase 3 means that all dine-in restaurants may reopen including mall food courts, and eat-in areas within grocery stores. Movie theatres may also reopen, though no more than 50 customers (staff not included) can be in the theatre.


July 14 Ontario Update

Premier Ford announced that for much of Ontario, nearly all businesses and public spaces can reopen as the province moves to Stage 3 on July 17, 2020.

This means that all dine-in restaurants may reopen, including mall food courts, and eat-in areas within grocery stores and head offices. In addition, movie theatres may reopen, though no more than 50 customers (staff not included) may be in the movie theatre at this time. RCC continues to push for movement on Ontario’s restrictive fitting room policies, seeking to remove the need for a hard fitting room door.

The following regions continue to remain at Stage 2

  • Toronto
  • Peel
  • York
  • Durham
  • Hamilton
  • Halton
  • Niagara
  • Haldimand-Norfolk
  • Lambton
  • Sudbury and District
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph
  • Windsor-Essex County

Decisions on which regions will enter Stage 3 and when will be made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts and based on trends of key public health indicators.

Regions remaining in Stage 2 will maintain the existing gathering limit of 10 people. For regions that remain closed, each Monday at 1pm, Ontario will announce which regions may move into Phase 3 for the subsequent Friday.

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