Here’s what you can and can’t do, starting on Friday – –

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Here’s what you can and can’t do, starting on Friday – –


What wonders await us as early as Friday, as most of Ontario enters the first phase of its plan to reopen?
Large outdoor gatherings, patio dining, and limited non-essential retail shopping are the big changes. But phase 1 also allows for outdoor religious services, drive-ins and day camps for children.

Another headline: Some Ottawa bars are planning to open their patios at exactly 12:01 a.m. until the last call at 2 a.m. Friday.

Can I have friends for a gathering in the yard?

Yes. Phase 1 means you can have up to 10 people.

Can I eat at the restaurant?

You can eat on a restaurant terrace with a maximum of three other people per table. Indoor meals in restaurants are not allowed until phase 3.

Neil Gowe is putting the finishing touches on the Luxe patio at the Ottawa Byward Market to prepare for Friday’s reopening. (Hallie Cotnam/CBC)

Can I go shopping?

Yes, with restrictions. Non-core retail will resume at 15% capacity.

Core retailing, including big box stores and discount stores, continues at 25% capacity, but as of Friday these stores can sell all of their products. No more police tape on crayons and Elmer’s glue.

Retail stores in malls remain closed unless the stores have a street front entrance.

You should always wear a mask inside any store, with a few exceptions.

Can I have my hair cut?

No. Phase 1 still does not allow “personal care services”. This means that you still cannot have your hair cut or colored, or your eyebrow or armpit waxed or waxed. These services will have to wait for phase 2 of the reopening plan, and then only by appointment.

Can I go camping?

Yes, Ontario Parks and all private campgrounds are open as of Friday.

Starting Friday, you can rent a cabin or a cabin in Ontario. However, there are still limits to crossing provincial borders. (Christine Brown)

Chalet getaways OK?

Short-term rentals including Airbnbs, cabin and cabin rentals are permitted starting Friday.

There are no restrictions on travel in Ontario, but remember: you cannot share accommodation with another family when you arrive at your destination, unless it is with someone who lives alone.

If you are sick, even with mild symptoms, you should not go to Sandbanks or anywhere else. If you are traveling to Ontario, try to bring enough supplies so you don’t have to shop.

Camping resumes in Ontario Provincial Parks on Friday. (Tyler Hulett/Shutterstock)

What if my favorite chalet or golf course is in Quebec?

According to the provincial website, “Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly advises individuals and families to only leave the province if it is essential.”

Travel from Manitoba or Quebec to Ontario is limited to at least June 16 and may be extended. There are many exceptions, including the prevention of property damage.

The Quebec government has its own rules restricting people from Ontario, but allows an exception for people who own cabins in Quebec and are responsible for its upkeep.

There are no exceptions for people who have been vaccinated.

Can I go to the gym?

No, indoor gym activities are not allowed in phase 1. You can participate in outdoor fitness classes or work with a personal trainer outdoors, up to a maximum of 10 participants, while keeping a distance of three meters.

Can I play team sports like baseball, soccer or cricket?

No, there are no team games or training allowed. You are allowed to train with a maximum of 10 people, again keeping a distance of three meters.

Drive-in theaters may also reopen on Friday. (Ryan Remiorz / Canadian Press)

What outdoor activities are allowed?

From Friday, you can use the outdoor pools, paddling pools and water slides, but keep a distance of two meters.

Horse races and racetracks can reopen as of Friday, but without spectators. Open-air zoos, historic sites and botanical gardens can reopen with a capacity limited to 15%.

Drive-in cinemas can reopen from Friday. The Drive-In experience in the RCGT Park parking lot is ready, as is the Skylight Drive-In and Port Elmsley Drive-In.

Pleasure boating is allowed but only members of the same household can be on board.

As of May 22, you are allowed to use wading pools, golf courses, tennis courts, skateboard parks, sports fields, BMX and skate parks, shooting ranges and shooting ranges. ‘arc, with restrictions.

Can I go to church, temple or mosque?

Yes, but only up to 15% of the capacity of the interior space. This means that in phase 1, indoor weddings, funerals and other religious rites and ceremonies can now exceed the maximum of 10 people, up to 15% of the capacity.

Outdoor religious ceremonies are permitted, but people must be able to maintain a distance of two meters.

Still have questions ? Click here for a detailed list of what is allowed under Phase 1 of Ontario’s plan to reopen.

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