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Businesses and Regions that can reopen in Stage 3

Status of each region

For Government of Ontario site CLICK LINK https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-stages#section-3

Find out which stage your region is in, and when it will be going to the next one.

Region Stage 2 start Stage 3 start
Algoma Public Health June 12 July 17
Brant County Health Unit June 12 July 17
Chatham-Kent Public Health June 12 July 17
Durham Region Health Department June 19 To be determined
Eastern Ontario Health Unit June 12 July 17
Grey Bruce Health Unit June 12 July 17
Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit June 19 To be determined
Halton Region Health Department June 19 To be determined
Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit June 12 July 17
Hamilton Public Health Services June 19 To be determined
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health June 12 July 17
Huron Perth Public Health June 12 July 17
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health June 12 July 17
Lambton Health Unit June 19 To be determined
Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit June 12 July 17
Middlesex-London Health Unit June 12 July 17
Niagara Region Public Health Department June 19 To be determined
North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit June 12 July 17
Northwestern Health Unit June 12 July 17
Ottawa Public Health June 12 July 17
Peel Public Health June 24 To be determined
Peterborough Public Health June 12 July 17
Porcupine Health Unit June 12 July 17
Public Health Sudbury & Districts June 12 July 17
Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services June 12 July 17
Renfrew County and District Health Unit June 12 July 17
Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit June 12 July 17
Southwestern Public Health June 12 July 17
Thunder Bay District Health Unit June 12 July 17
Timiskaming Health Unit June 12 July 17
Toronto Public Health June 24 To be determined
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health June 12 July 17
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
(excluding Municipality of Leamington and Town of Kingsville)
June 25 To be determined
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
(Municipality of Leamington and Town of Kingsville only)
July 7 To be determined
York Region Public Health Services June 19 To be determined

What can open in Stage 3

Learn about the status of each region  and  read the Stage 3 framework.

Nearly all businesses and public spaces

Nearly all businesses and public spaces can gradually reopen as regions enter Stage 3, with public health and workplace safety restrictions in place, while some high-risk venues and activities will remain closed until they can safely resume operations.

Based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, indoor and outdoor gathering limits will also be increased to as many as 50 people indoors and as many as 100 people outdoors. Physical distancing remains a requirement for all people of Ontario that are not from the same household or social circle.

For businesses and sectors that are either not able to reopen in Stage 3, or who are experiencing significant challenges opening with restrictions in Stage 3, the government is committed to working with you.

Work with government on a reopening plan

Places and activities not yet safe to open

The following high-risk places and activities are not yet safe to open, due to the likelihood of large crowds congregating, difficulties with physical distancing, or challenges maintaining the proper cleaning and sanitation required to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Amusement parks and water parks
  • Buffet-style food services
  • Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment who follow specific requirements
  • Overnight stays at camps for children
  • Private karaoke rooms
  • Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports
  • Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars
  • Table games at casinos and gaming establishments

All other businesses and public spaces can open, subject to ensuring the appropriate health and safety measures are in place, as well as gathering limits on gathering sizes, where applicable. More information on restrictions and gathering limits in Stage 3 is available below.

Gathering Limits

As regions enter Stage 3, the following gathering limits apply:

  • Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people, subject to physical distancing of at least two metres with people from outside their households or social circles
  • Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people, subject to physical distancing of at least two metres with people from outside their households or social circles

When do gathering limits apply?

Based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts, gathering limits apply to higher risk settings and activities where people congregate, including:

  • All organized or spontaneous indoor and outdoor events and social gatherings (e.g., parties, fundraisers, fairs, wedding receptions, funeral receptions)
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
  • Concerts and live shows, including performing arts
  • Convention centres and other meeting or event spaces
  • Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities (e.g., gyms, fitness studios)
  • Festivals
  • Recreational attractions, courses and instruction (e.g., fitness classes, music lessons, tutoring)
  • Movie theatres
  • Real estate open houses
  • Sporting and racing events
  • Tour and guide services (including boat tours)

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.

People at their place of work, including performers and crews, do not count towards gathering limits.

People gathering indoors for religious services, rites or ceremonies, and wedding ceremonies or funeral services, can continue to fill up to 30 per cent of the capacity of the particular room, as introduced in Stage 2.

Stage 3 Additional Restrictions

Read the list of additional Stage 3 restrictions

Staying safe in every stage

Ontario’s fight against COVID-19 is far from over. Everyone must do their part to keep each other, our families and our communities safe. Ontario’s successful recovery depends on the collective efforts of individuals, families and businesses to continue to follow public health advice, including:

  • Stay home and away from others if you are feeling ill
  • Keep two metres apart from people outside your immediate household or social circle
  • Get tested if you are worried you have or believe you may have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water
  • Practice good hygiene (avoid touching your face, cover a cough or sneeze)
  • Use an alcohol-based rub if soap and water are not available
  • Wear a face covering where physical distancing is a challenge or not possible
  • Increase cleaning of frequently touched surfaces
  • Minimize travel and self-isolate for 14 days after all international travel
  • Work from home as much as possible

Staying safe: businesses and employers

Workplaces must put the necessary measures in place to protect the health of their workers and the public, including safe physical distancing and frequent and thorough hand-washing. Document or track attendance as much as possible to support contact tracing efforts while respecting privacy. Work from home arrangements should continue where possible.

Under Ontario law, employers have the duty to keep workers and workplaces safe and free of hazards. Learn about COVID-19 workplace safety.

Employers are strongly urged to develop a COVID-19 workplace safety plan to help protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 in Ontario. Find resources for businesses, including a guide to developing a safety plan and sector-specific guidance and posters

Opening businesses in stages and continuing to work from home wherever possible lessens the pressure on services like public transit and gives them more time to ramp up safely.


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