Province announces early reopening

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In a public statement on June 7, Premier Ford announced that businesses and restaurants in Ontario can begin to reopen for in-store sales and patio service beginning on Friday, June 11, days earlier than expected.

It’s been more than two months since the province declared a province-wide shutdown and stay-at-home order that closed retail and restaurants to all but pick up or delivery.

These businesses will still have to adhere to several restrictions, including mask wearing, limiting the number of clients allowed on premises, maintaining distancing protocols and regular cleaning practices.

According to https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario, Step one of the reopening plan indicates the number of people allowed at outdoor gatherings will be increased to 10 people from five, outdoor dining will be permitted with up to four people per table, essential retail can operated at 25 per cent capacity and non-essential retail will be allowed to welcome clients up to 15 per cent capacity.

Step two of the plan, which may be enacted 21 days after Step one, will further expand outdoor activities and resume limited indoor services with small numbers of people and with face coverings being worn. These activities include outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, the resumption of outdoor sports and leagues, overnight camps, personal care services where face coverings can be worn and with capacity limits and allowing indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at a 15 per cent capacity.

Tammy Lindsay Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent

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