COVID-19: Ottawa moves to stage 2 of reopening; relaxed restrictions on gatherings across the province

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Ottawa and surrounding communities in eastern Ontario are among the selected areas of the province’s public health units that will proceed to the second phase of Ontario’s economic reopening plan on Friday.

Businesses and facilities authorized to reopen, subject to various restrictions, include restaurant patios, hair and beauty salons, tattoo parlors, shopping malls, swimming pools and splash pools, community centers, camping and beach access in Ontario provincial parks, museums, art galleries, zoos and outdoor training for recreational team sports.

Most parts of the province will go to step 2 on Friday, Premier Doug Ford said at a press conference on Monday.

However, 10 regions in the GTA’s and surrounding areas will not be able to proceed to Stage 2 until they receive the green light from the province.

Ontario said it had worked with local and provincial health authorities to determine which health regions were ready to further ease the restrictions, based on indicators such as virus transmission, hospital capacity and progress tests.

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