Here's the official list of businesses that can and can't reopen under Stage 3 in Ontario
The list of businesses allowed to reopen in Ontario after a now four-month-long COVID shutdown continues to grow this week with the arrival of Stage 3 and all that it entails.
Premier Doug Ford announced Monday afternoon that 24 of the province's 34 public health regions would be allowed to move into the next phase of his government's economic reopening plan beginning this Friday, July 17, at 12:01 a.m.
Regions that will remain in Stage 2 for the time being are Toronto, York Region, Peel Region, Durham Region, Niagara, Windsor-Essex, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton and Lambton — the same regions that were held in Stage 1 for a few days longer than the rest of the province back in June.
Dine-in restaurants, bars, fitness centres, theatres, casinos, team sports, live events have all been given the green light to resume operations under Stage 3, along with everything else that isn't explicitly mentioned by the province in its freshly-released framework document.
Outdoor gathering limits have also been raised to a maximum of 100 people, while indoor gatherings of up to 50 people will be permitted. Physical distancing will remain a requirement for all people in Ontario who are not from the same household or social circle.
While the provincial government maintains that no business should open unless it is able to do so in a way that won't enable the spread of the virus, Minister of Finance Rod Phillips said on Monday that almost 99 per cent of local economies would be able to reopen during Stage 3.
Here's what can and can't reopen under Stage 3, per the Government of Ontario:
"Indoor gathering limits apply to events that are fully or partially indoors. Indoor events and gatherings cannot be combined with an outdoor event or gathering to increase the applicable gathering size," notes the province.
"People at their place of work, including performers and crews, do not count towards gathering limits."
You can review the province's updated reopening framework document, Stage 3 restrictions included, right here.
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