After what feels like forever, Ontario is finally ready to begin opening up again! We have done a fantastic job of staying the course, and all of our hard work is beginning to pay off. Step 1 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen plan began on Friday, June 11th. To make sure you enjoy Step 1 safely, isure has compiled everything you need to know about the reopening:

What exactly is open in Step 1 of Ontario’s reopening plan? 

Starting Friday, June 11th, the following will be open across Ontario: 

  • Large outdoor gatherings for up to 10 people 
  • Outdoor dining (up to four people per table) 
  • Essential retail at 25% capacity 
  • Non-essential retail at 15% capacity 
  • Religious services, rites, and ceremonies outdoors with limited capacity to permit 2 metres of physical distancing.  
  • Outdoor sports, training, and personal training for up to 10 people 
  • Day camps 
  • Campsites and campgrounds 
  • Ontario parks 
  • Horse racing and motor speedways outdoors
  • All outdoor pools, splash pads, and wading pools 
  • Outdoor zoos 

Why are we ready to enter Stage 1? 

Ontario is ready to enter Stage 1 because 60% of adults have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination. Additionally, hospitalization and ICU rates have gone down significantly, and COVID-19 cases have also decreased. 

I haven’t received my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Where can I book my appointment? 

Anyone ages 12 and up in Ontario are now eligible to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. You can book your appointment with either a pharmacy near you or through the Government of Ontario.

Why aren’t more indoor options open yet? 

The majority of indoor locations in Ontario, such as dining or stores with interior entrances, will be opening in steps two and three. Step 2 will start at least 21 days after Step 1 begins; once 70% of adults have one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 20% of adults are fully vaccinated. Moreover, Step 3 will start 21 days after Step 2; once 70-80% of adults have one dose and 25% of adults are fully vaccinated.  

Will I still need to wear a mask? 

Yes, wearing masks is highly recommended when physical distancing is not possible. Additionally, many locations and businesses around Ontario still require masks to be worn, so it is highly recommended to have a mask with you at all times.

Will I be allowed to participate in Step 1 of Ontario’s reopening plan if I haven’t received my first COVID-19 vaccine dose or cannot receive a vaccination? 

We can’t speak for every business or location in Ontario, but vaccinations are not currently mandatory in Canada. However, they are highly encouraged, if possible. If you haven’t received a vaccination but would like to participate in Step 1, do so at your own discretion. Just remember to wear a mask, social distance and be kind to the waiters and other people working.  

We hope that this article answered your questions about Step 1 of Ontario’s reopening plan. Enjoy the beautiful weather, support small businesses around Ontario and remember to keep following Ontario’s Health and Safety guidelines.