Ontario to Move to Step One of Roadmap to Reopen on June 11

Published on June 07, 2021

Thanks to the ongoing success of Ontario’s vaccine rollout and the ongoing improvements in public health trends, we are able to enter Step One of Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen and begin to safely and cautiously lift restrictions, as of Friday, June 11, at 12:01 a.m.

 

This was a true Team Ontario effort and we are incredibly thankful for the enormous sacrifices made by individuals, families and communities across Ontario throughout the pandemic.

 

In order to safely enter Step One, Ontario needed to have vaccinated 60% of adults with at least one dose for two weeks or longer, ensuring the first dose offers a strong level of protection against COVID-19, as well as continued improvement in key public health and health system indicators.

  • As of June 6, 72% of Ontario adults aged 18 and over have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • From May 25 to 31, the provincial case rate decreased by 35.1%.
  • As of June 6, the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs is 497, including 31 patients from Manitoba, as compared to 687 two weeks ago.
  • The province’s situation is currently exceeding the best-case scenario presented in recent modelling, which indicated the province would reach below 1,000 new daily infections by June 30, 2021.

 

The province will remain in Step One for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. If at the end of the 21 days the province has vaccinated 70% of adults with one dose and 20% of adults with two doses and there are continued improvements in other key public health and health system indicators, the province will move to Step Two of the Roadmap.

 

We continue to work with stakeholders on their reopening plans, including targeted measures for specific sectors, institutions and other settings to ensure that they have full awareness of when they can begin to safely reopen and how.

 

While we have reached the point where we can safely move into Step One of the Roadmap, starting with the settings we know are safest, now is not the time to get complacent. It remains critical for all Ontarians to continue following all public health advice and roll up their sleeves to receive the vaccine.

 

Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen includes but is not limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people;
  • Outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, capped at the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at 15 per cent capacity of the particular room;
  • Non-essential retail permitted at 15 per cent capacity with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Essential and other select retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Outdoor dining with up to 4 people per table, with exceptions for larger households;
  • Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual/team sport training to be permitted with up to 10 people, among other restrictions;
  • Day camps for children permitted to operate in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
  • Campsites, campgrounds and short-term rentals;
  • Outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with up to 10 people and other restrictions;
  • Outdoor horse racing tracks and motor speedways permitted to operate without spectators; and
  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity and other restrictions.

 

Find the full list of activities permitted under Step One here: Ontario.ca/reopen

 

To learn more: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000279/ontario-to-move-to-step-one-of-roadmap-to-reopen-on-june-11