Ontario has unveiled a three-step reopening plan that will lift public health restrictions based on vaccination rates and other indicators starting in mid-June.
The province also says it will reopen outdoor recreational facilities on Saturday with some restrictions. That includes golf courses and tennis courts.
Premier Doug Ford says the province can start to loosen restrictions because COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations continue to decline while vaccination rates increase.
#BREAKING - Premier Ford announces a three step reopening plan for Ontario which will be based on vaccination rates. Step one should kick in *June 14* and will see patios open to 4 per table, outdoor sports, religious services, campsites, pools open. Current vax rate is 58.5% pic.twitter.com/qEBKpXbRqJ— Richard Southern (@richard680news) May 20, 2021
Step one of the province's reopening plan is expected to begin the week of June 14 and will see some non-essential retail reopen with 15 per cent capacity limits, allow outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, and outdoor restaurant dining with four people at a table.
The second stages will allow outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people and the resumption of personal care services where masks can be worn, as well as indoor religious services with capacity limits of 15 per cent.
The third stage will further expand access to indoor settings with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where masks cannot be worn.
The government says the province will remain in each stage for at least 21 days, only moving to the next stage if specific vaccine targets are met and health-system indicators remain positive.
#BREAKING - Premier Ford says there is no consensus yet on whether or not to open schools to in person learning. “Right now we have some differing opinions” Ford adds that Dr. Williams is in favour of opening schools, but some doctors on the science table are not.— Richard Southern (@richard680news) May 20, 2021