Ontario’s first phase of reopening plan includes limited shopping, outdoor dining
What miracle awaits us until Friday, as much of Ontario enters the first phase of its reopening plans?
Large outdoor celebrations, patio dining and limited non-essential retail shopping are major changes. But Phase 1 also allows for outdoor religious services, drive-in theaters and day camps for children.
Some Ottawa bars plan to open their patios at exactly 12:01 until the last call at 2 p.m. on Friday.
The one exception to this reopening is the Porcupine Health Unit in northern Ontario, where restrictions will remain in place because the community still has significant problems with the spread.
Can I have friends over for a backyard gathering?
Yes. Step 1 means you can have up to 10 people.
Can I eat out at a restaurant?
You can dine in the courtyard of a restaurant with up to three other people per table. Indoor dining is not allowed in restaurants until Phase 3.
Can I go shopping?
Yes, with restrictions. Non-essential retail will resume at 15 per cent capacity. Essential retail, including big box and discount stores, continues at 25 percent capacity.
From Friday, those stores will be able to sell all their goods. No more police tape across colored pencils and Elmer’s Glue.
Retail stores in malls are closed unless a store has a street-facing entrance.
You will still have to wear a mask inside any shop some limited exceptions.
can i get my hair cut?
No. Phase 1 still doesn’t allow for “personal care services”. This means you still can’t get your hair cut or colored, nor can you get your eyebrows or underarms waxed or threaded. Those services will have to wait until Phase 2 of the reopening plan, and only then for appointments.
Can I go to camp?
Yes, Ontario parks and all private campgrounds are open through Friday.
Gateway to Cottage OK?
Short-term rentals, including Airbnbs, cottage and cabin rentals, are permitted until Friday.
There are no travel restrictions within Ontario, but remember: you cannot share accommodation with another family when you arrive at your destination, unless it is with a person living alone.
If you are sick, even with mild symptoms, you should not go to the sandbank or anywhere else. If you travel within Ontario, try to bring enough supplies so you don’t have to shop.
What if my cottage or favorite golf course is in Quebec?
According to the provincial website, “Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly recommends that individuals and families travel out of the province only when necessary.”
Travel from Manitoba or Quebec into Ontario is restricted until at least June 16, and could be extended. there are many exceptionIncluding preventing damage to property.
The Quebec government has its own rules banning people from ontario, but allows exceptions for those who own cottages in Quebec and who are responsible for its upkeep.
There is no exception for people who have been vaccinated.
can i go to the gym?
No. Indoor gym activities are not permitted in Phase 1. You can join an outdoor fitness class or work out with a personal trainer outside, keeping a distance of three meters, for up to 10 participants.
Can I play team sports such as baseball, soccer or cricket?
No, no team games or drills are allowed. You are again allowed to train with 10 people, keeping a distance of three metres.
What outdoor activities are allowed?
Until Friday, you can use the outdoor pool, wading pool and water slide, but keep a distance of two meters.
Horse racing and motor racetracks can reopen from Friday, but without spectators. Outdoor zoos, historic sites and botanical gardens can reopen with limited capacity to 15 percent.
Recreational boating is permitted, but only members of one household may board.
Starting May 22, you are allowed to use splash pads, golf courses, tennis courts, skateboarding parks, sports fields, BMX and skate parks, shooting and archery ranges, with restrictions.
Can I go to church, temple or mosque?
Yes, but only up to 15 percent of the capacity of the indoor space. This means that in Phase 1, indoor weddings, funerals and other religious rites and ceremonies can now have a maximum 10-person capacity of up to 15 percent.
Outdoor religious gatherings are allowed, but people must be able to maintain a distance of two metres.
Still have questions? Click here for a detailed list of what is allowed under Phase 1 of Ontario’s reopening plan.