Coronavirus: Toronto and Region of Peel enter third stage of plan to reopen Ontario

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The city of Toronto and the Region of Peel joined with a large majority of the province to enter the third stage of the Ontario government’s plan to reopen on Friday amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.The entry to Stage Three took effect at 12:01 am Friday, five weeks after Toronto entered Stage Two. Windsor-Essex is the last part of Ontario to remain in the second leg of the reopening.

The third step is accompanied by a relaxation of a number of restrictions on public gatherings and the operating conditions of various businesses.

Residents are now allowed to attend indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people. Orders relating to physical distancing (at least two meters from anyone outside of your 10-person social bubble) and municipal orders surrounding the compulsory wearing of masks and masks in indoor public spaces all remain in effect.

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In a statement Wednesday, Premier Doug Ford said the decision to move Toronto and the Region of Peel to step three was made in consultation with Ontario’s chief medical officer of health and local medical officers of health.

“We’ve made tremendous strides that get us back to something a little closer to our normal life this summer, but we’re not out of the woods yet,” he wrote.

“This virus is still with us and we have to be extremely careful to avoid triggering an outbreak or an epidemic. I urge everyone to continue to follow public health protocols. “

Right before the order went into effect on Friday, restaurant staff were getting ready for customers.

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Chris Stokes, the manager of Hemingway’s Restaurant and Bar in downtown Toronto, said the reopening was also important for staff.

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“A lot of them have been away for almost three months so they want to feel safe and arriving guests want to know that we have the option of using wrapped plastic cutlery if they want,” he said. he declared.

Next door, at Dimmi Bar and Trattoria, Representative Raymond Commisso said the business would not be open for indoor dining until at least the first week of August, citing security concerns.

Here’s what will change for businesses in Toronto and the Region of Peel

All facilities will see occupancy limits with many facilities allowed to have only a small percentage of typical capacity. Individual locations may have additional safeguards in addition to provincial ordinances.

Restaurants and bars: the catering service will be allowed provided that customers are seated when eating or drinking and that the tables are two meters apart or have solid barriers between the tables. Signage and personnel control should be put in place. In Toronto, it is necessary for businesses to clean facilities and equipment on a regular basis. There is a total cap of 100 people in a company (according to physical distance guidelines) and a maximum of 10 people can be at a table. Facility staff should keep customer contact logs for 30 days if necessary for contact tracing.

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Personal Service Settings: Businesses offering personal services, such as body piercings, tattoos, facials, or beard trimming for example, will require customers to wear a mask or face covering unless they are they don’t get services for their chin, mouth, or nose. Personnel should wear personal protective equipment.

Sports facilities, playgrounds and gymnasiums: Team sports avoiding physical contact will be allowed and organized leagues are limited to 50 players. The maximum number of indoor spectators will be capped at 50 and outdoor spectators will be capped at 100. Indoor gymnasiums may reopen with strict modifications. The playgrounds can reopen.

Recreational programs: Some cultural and recreational courses may resume.

Excursions and guide companies: Interior tours will be limited to 50 people and exterior tours will be limited to 100 people.

Theaters and Live Shows: Indoor venues are limited to 50 people and outdoor venues are limited to 100. There are no attendance limits at drive-in theater facilities.

For a full list of what is allowed under Stage Three of the Ontario Government’s reopening, click here.

Here’s what’s still banned in the third stage of Ontario’s reopening

Night clubs (which have not been modified to operate under restaurant or bar conditions), buffet restaurants, private karaoke rooms (where rigid barriers are not installed between all patrons ), saunas and table games in casinos are not permitted under step three.

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In addition, night camps for children and dances of restaurant or bar patrons are not yet allowed.

Precautions recommended by public health officials

As restrictions on establishments and facilities are relaxed, the Toronto Public Health Department has recommended residents wash their hands regularly and avoid touching their faces with unwashed hands. When going out, people were encouraged to wear hand sanitizer and / or wipes.

Hand washing was encouraged when handling food and after touching common surfaces and play equipment.

If they exhibited symptoms associated with COVID-19, residents were encouraged to stay home.

Whenever possible, people were encouraged to stand at least two meters away and wear masks and blankets (unless a child is under two years of age or there is a medical condition)

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