York Region Entering Stage 3 - Friday, July 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.

Published on July 21, 2020

Nearly all 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 the next stage 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, Ontario will be increasing public gathering limits at indoor and outdoor events, such as community events or gatherings, concerts, live shows, festivals, conferences, sports and recreational fitness activities, fundraisers, fairs, festivals or open houses -- 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.

Businesses and municipalities will be permitted to enter Stage 3 based on their region, and as in the previous stages may choose to take more time before reopening.

Social circles in all stages at this point will also be kept to a maximum of 10 people province-wide, regardless of stage.

Together, Ontario has made tremendous progress in the ongoing fight against COVID-19, thanks to the sacrifice and hard work of frontline heroes and volunteers, and the personal responsibility shown by the people of the province.

Stage 3 does not mean that the fight against this deadly virus is over – far from it. Everyone must continue to be vigilant and follow public health advice and workplace safety guidelines. This will help limit outbreaks and reduce the risk of undoing the significant progress we have made together over the past several months.

As the province moves toward recovery, we will continue to count on the dedication, innovation and spirit of the people of Ontario. Through everyday actions like getting people back to work, buying made-in-Ontario products, and safely shopping at local small businesses, together we will make Stage 3 a success and get Ontario’s economy growing again.

The province is committed to working closely with those businesses and sectors not yet able to reopen or who may experience challenges opening with restrictions, and they are invited to visit Ontario.ca/reopen to submit a reopening proposal.  

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.

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