Lockdown measures will remain in place in Toronto as much of the province moves to stage 2, but restrictions on social gatherings will ease everywhere
On June 12, many Ontarians will be able to sit on a restaurant patio, go to a museum, get a haircut or shop in a mall – but not in Toronto.
Lockdown measures will stay in place in the GTA and the surrounding area as the government eases measures in 24 of the province’s 34 public health units.
Premier Doug Ford’s government is taking a regional approach to the second stage of Ontario’s reopening plan. However, the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province as of June 12, regardless of whether a region is moving into the second phase.
All places of worship in Ontario will be allowed to reopen with with physical distancing rules in effect and attendance capped at 30 per cent of building capacity.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said during a news conference at Queen’s Park that Durham, York, Toronto, Peel, Halton, Hamilton and Niagara and border regions Windsor/Essex and Lambton will remain in stage one.
Haldimand Norfolk will also remain in stage one until public health officials are confident a COVID-19 outbreak among migrant workers has been contained.
Elliott added that the regions that remain in lockdown will be assessed at the beginning of each week. If there is progress on public health indicators such as lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals and testing, they could be given a greenlight to reopen the following Friday.
Ford also said he would provide an update on the reopening of child-care services on Tuesday.
While many areas of the province have seen fewer to no cases of COVID-19 in recenty, Toronto continues to report daily increases in cases.
Medical Officer of Health Eileen de Villa said last week that Toronto is seeing an average of 150 new COVID-19 cases per day. As of June 6, there are 12,538 cases in Toronto. Of those cases, 9,623 have recovered. The virus has killed 928 people in the city.
Here’s a list of the businesses and services allowed to reopen across the province on June 12:
These public health units will move into Stage 2 on Friday, June 12 at 12:01am:
These public health units will remain in Stage 1:
The province has extended emergency orders to June 19 and the state of emergency to June 30. Read more about what the stage 2 reopening plan means for restaurants here.