What You Need To Know About Toronto’s Reopening Plan

Yasmine Atallah Yasmine Atallah

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We have officially moved into Toronto’s reopening plan and here’s what you need to know about it.

After weeks of lockdown, Ontario is implementing Toronto’s reopening plan throughout the summer.

As of June 11th, Ontario has implemented Step 1 of the plan.  Ontario’s government moved into this plan because 60% of adults have received their first vaccine dose.  Each step will last for 21 days after which the province will reevaluate vaccination rates and public health improvements and decide whether to move onto the next step.

Here are all the new Covid-19 regulations in the Step 1 phase:

  • Places of worship are still open and increase their capacity limit to 15% of capacity.
  • Outdoor social gatherings: number of people has increased to 10 people.
  • Outdoor dining: up to 4 people per table from different households.
  • Personal and wellness services will reopen by appointment only.
  • Outdoor activities (physical, performance and recreation): up to 10 distanced people of all ages.
  • Religious services: indoor services are allowed 15% occupancy.  Outdoor services are allowed so long as 2 meter physical distancing is possible.
  • Retail: essential retail can host 25% capacity, while non-essential is moving to 15% capacity.
  • Sports and fitness facilities: 10 patrons can participate in outdoor fitness classes and personal training at a 3 metre distance.  Indoor activities are closed, excluding high-performance athletes and day camps.
  • Pools: outdoor pools, splash pads, water slides, and similar places are open as of today.
  • Cinemas: drive-ins are open.

These are the key points of Step 1 while the government website lists all the changes in more detail here.

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