BREAKING: Brampton moving into Stage 2 this week
After being held back from entering Stage 2 last week, Brampton will finally be able to permit more businesses to open their doors.
At a June 22 press conference, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that Toronto and the Region of Peel (Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon) will be permitted to move into Stage 2 of the province's three-phase reopening plan on Wednesday, June 24.
The Windsor-Essex region will remain in Stage 1 due to COVID-19 outbreaks on farms.
The province says the decision to open Toronto and Peel was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the local medical officers of health based on positive local trends such as reduced transmission of COVID-19, ongoing hospital capacity, rapid case and contact management, and a significant increase in testing.
“Today’s announcement is another sign that we continue to make steady progress,” said Ford.
“We have been working hand-in-hand with our municipal partners and local public health units to safely and gradually reopen the province. We will do everything we can to get our final region, Windsor-Essex, into Stage 2 as soon as possible. That’s why we are ramping up testing and inspections on Ontario’s farms to protect workers and keep our food supply chains strong and healthy.”
Toronto and Peel will enter Stage 2 on June 24 at 12:01 a.m.
They will join the 31 other public health regions that entered Stage 2 on June 12 and 19.
Businesses and services permitted to reopen in regions entering Stage 2 include:
- Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties;
- Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barbershops, hair salons and beauty salons;
- Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only;
- Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries;
- Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools;
- Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks;
- Camping at private campgrounds;
- Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing;
- Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations;
- Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing; and
- Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.
Residents are advised to continue following public health advice, including practising physical distancing, wearing a face-covering if physical distancing is a challenge, washing hands frequently and thoroughly, and avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth.
Anyone who thinks they have COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 is advised to get tested.
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