A Framework to Reopen Our Province - Stage 2

Published on June 09, 2020

The government announced that we’re getting more people back to work and more recreational activities open by moving forward with a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening the province.

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local health officials, the government is easing restrictions in communities where it is safe to do so, based on trends of key public health indicators such as lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals, and progress made in testing.

Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2. Additionally, all places of worship in Ontario will also be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers.

Public health unit regions moving into Stage 2 on Friday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. unfortunately, York Region in not included; thus, Newmarket-Aurora will remain in Stage 1 for now. 

Each region will be permitted to enter Stage 2 when safe to do so.  The government’s decision will be based on the public health criteria outlined in the framework being met locally, including virus spread and containment along with health system and incidence-tracking capacity. 

At the beginning of each week, the government will provide an update on the ongoing assessment of these regions, and whether they are ready to move into Stage 2 at the end of the week. 

The government, in consultation with public health experts, will review trends from the following criteria on an ongoing basis to determine if a region is ready to proceed to Stage 2, or if a region needs to revert to Stage 1:

  • Virus spread and containment (e.g., consistent two-to-four week decrease in the number of new daily COVID-19 cases)
  • Health system capacity (e.g., sufficient acute and critical care capacity to effectively respond to potential surges)
  • Public health system capacity (e.g., 90% of new COVID-19 cases reached by local public health officials within 24 hours), and
  • Incidence tracking capacity (e.g., ongoing testing of suspected COVID-19 cases)

For questions about what is currently able to open during Stage 1, or what will be open or impacts to your business or employment when we enter Stage 2, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

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