Ontario enters step 3 of the economic reopening plan – .

Ontario enters step 3 of the economic reopening plan – .

LONDON, ONT. – Ontario will move to step 3 of its economic reopening plan starting at midnight. This occurs five days ahead of schedule and allows many indoor activities to resume.

Anticipation and excitement grows as business owners prepare to welcome the long-awaited feedback from their customers.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to open our doors to indoor fitness,” said Old East Village Fitness co-owner Sara Ivanisevic.

After being shut down for months, switching to online training, and running outdoor fitness classes, Ivanisevic says OEV Fitness is thrilled to finally be able to allow members to return to their gym.

“We have hired new staff to make sure our facility is monitored and cleaned throughout operations, we always want to make sure our customers sanitize when they come in and when they leave. When they walk around the facility they are always going to be masked and we have a smaller number to accommodate some of that ability to keep everyone three feet away. “

If you’re looking to keep the kids active, indoor play areas are also gearing up to open. For some, like the “Funvilla”, Friday marks the inauguration of their 17,000 square foot establishment.

“We were ready in March – early March – and we were excited to open, but due to COVID restrictions we can’t… so we’re happy to open now tomorrow,” said Syed Masood, director of Funvilla.

Masood says a number of safety measures are implemented to ensure compliance with public health guidelines.

“Extra staff to clean up and, you know, disinfect all those areas where people mainly touch each other. “

Also topping the list of Stage 3 reopens are cinemas and indoor dining rooms, which will resume for the first time in months.

“The excitement is incredible right now – mainly with our cast, because of the last stop – we couldn’t get everyone back,” said Westmount Cineplex General Manager Lynne Burnett.

This will be the first time in a long time that movie theaters will be able to allow 50% capacity inside the building.

“We have delegated staff who will walk around the building and sanitize all touch points regularly throughout the day,” adds Burnett.

Also among the new relaxed restrictions:

  • indoor gatherings are permitted with 25 people and 100 people outdoors
  • professional sports venues can accommodate 75% of their capacity outdoors and 50% indoors
  • places of worship will be allowed to as many people as possible, provided a social distance of two meters is maintained

The province intends to stay in stage 3 for at least 21 days.


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