Premier Ford reveals phase 3 of Ontario’s COVID-19 reopening plan

Premier Ford reveals phase 3 of Ontario's COVID-19 reopening plan

Premier Ford reveals phase 3 of Ontario's COVID-19 reopening plan

Today, Ontario Premier Doug Ford revealed phase 3 of Ontario’s COVID-19 reopening plan. As per the Phase 3 of the province’s reopening plan on July 17,  live performing arts shows, indoor dining in restaurants, and the reopening of movie theaters and playgrounds will be allowed. To stop further spread of COVID-19, significant health and safety measures such as physical distancing, and cleaning protocols will be practiced.

For now, Greater Toronto Area and other parts of southern Ontario, will remain in Stage 2.

“Every corner of our province is getting back to work. Today, we are ready to take the next step.” Premier Ford said at a Monday news conference.

The province will allow indoor gatherings of up to 50 people in Stage 3, and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people. However, physical distancing will still remain mandatory  for all people who are not from the same household or established social circle.

According to the province, people at their place of work, including performers and crews, do not count toward gathering limits.

The following areas will not be allowed to enter phase 3 as for now.

“These regions entered Stage 2 later on, so we need just a little more time. I want the people in these regions to know we won’t leave anyone behind,” Ford said. “We will keep working until every part of this province gets to Stage 3.”

List of areas still in Phase 2:

  1. Durham Region Health Department.​​​​​​
  2. Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit.
  3. Halton Region Public Health.
  4. Hamilton Public Health Services.
  5. Lambton Public Health.
  6. Niagara Region Public Health.
  7. Peel Public Health.
  8. Toronto Public Health.
  9. Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.
  10. York Region Public Health.

It’s to mention here that Ontario reported 116 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 today.

“Having seen a continued decline in the number of new [COVID-19] cases as the province entered Stage 2, and with hospitalizations being at all-time lows, today we’re providing details about Stage 3 of our plan to continue the safe and gradual reopening the province,” Elliott wrote.