A Framework to Reopen Our Province - Stage 3

Published on July 17, 2020

More businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 of the province’s reopening framework with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place. As Ontario continues down the path to economic recovery, decisions on which regions will enter Stage 3 and when will be made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts and based on trends of key public health indicators.  

As part of Stage 3 reopening, Ontario will be increasing gathering limits for those regions entering the next stage to the following:

  • Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people.
  • Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people.
  • Gathering limits are subject to physical distancing requirements.

Regions remaining in Stage 2 will maintain the existing gathering limit of 10 people. Social circles in all stages at this point will also be kept to a maximum of 10 people province-wide, regardless of stage.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health, public health experts and other officials have advised the following, high-risk places and activities are not yet safe to open, even if a region has entered Stage 3:

  • Amusement parks and water parks
  • Buffet-style food services
  • Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment following 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.

For more information on the restrictions that will remain in place during Stage 3 and the public health guidance necessary to keep the people of Ontario safe, visit: Ontario.ca/reopen.

York Region Public Health Unit is NOT allowed to move into Stage 3 just yet.

For additional information, please click here.

For questions on restrictions that will remain in place during Stage 3, review the Stage 3 Emergency order on the emergency information portal or call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.


The Province knows that a stable and safe child care system is a vital support that will allow families to get back to work and aid our economic recovery.  Last month, the government reopened child care centres across the province to support the province's reopening framework.

Given our significant progress in containing this outbreak in recent weeks, and following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the government is increasing the maximum allowable number of children to 15 per group, effective July 27. With this move, we are effectively doubling the number of available spaces province-wide, to 90% of pre-COVID capacity.

The government is also providing additional financial support, strict health and safety protocols, and enhanced funding in areas such as cleaning and PPE.

As always, the safety of our children and staff remains the province's top priority, and we are on a cautious but decisive path forward to operating at regular capacity once again. With this increase in cohort size, it ensures more kids will get back into child care, allowing Ontario parents to get back to work and get our province moving again.