Ontario Enters Step 1 of Reopening Plan

Posted by Jen Scholte Team on Friday, June 11th, 2021 at 12:31pm.

Ontario Enters Step 1 of 3-Step Reopening Plan

Although initially predicted to begin the week of June 14, based on the vaccination rate and continuing improvements to key public health indicators, Ontario has moved into Step 1 of the 3-Step Reopening Plan as of 12:01 a.m. on Friday June 11, 2021.

What is Re-opening in Collingwood? and Is Wasaga Beach Open? What is Open at Blue Mountain? All things on everyone’s mind this weekend! I’m sure you’re as excited as we are about the freedom to socialize, stock up on amenities and perhaps find a pair of great sandals or a pair of shorts to kick off summer. Well, our local businesses have been getting ready for you! Patio permits are up, the sun is shining and plans are in the works welcome you to come out and love where you live.

According to the Government of Ontario website, the following will be permitted during Step 1 of the Reopening Plan:

  • Outdoor gatherings up to 10 people
  • Outdoor dining up to 4 people per table
  • Outdoor fitness classes, personal training and sports training up to 10 patrons. No games or practices permitted
  • Essential retail at 25% capacity and discount and big box stores can sell all goods
  • Non-essential retail at 15% capacity and can sell all goods
  • Retail stores in malls can open if they have a street facing entrance
  • Indoor religious services, rites and ceremonies including weddings and funerals at 15% capacity of the room
  • Outdoors religious services, rites and ceremonies including weddings and funerals are permitted with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres
  • Horse racing, motor speedways without spectators
  • Outdoor pools and wading pools with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres
  • Outdoor zoos, landmarks, historic sites, and botanical gardens with capacity limited to 15% for ticketed areas
  • Day camps
  • Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks

We will remain in Step 1 for at least 21 days.

As we continue to meet the vaccination and public health indicator milestones outlined in the Plan, the following will be permitted under the subsequent steps:

Step 2

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people
  • Outdoor sports and leagues
  • Overnight camps
  • Personal care services where face coverings can be worn and with capacity limits
  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 25% capacity

Step 3

  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness
  • Indoor dining
  • Museums, art galleries and libraries
  • Casinos and bingo halls with capacity limits

We encourage you to safely support our local businesses. If you are searching for a great local shop or restaurant near you, check out these links: MeafordThornburyCollingwoodWasaga BeachSouth Georgian Bay Tourism


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