Toronto is moving into Stage 3 on Friday

Ford announces Toronto and Peel will move into Stage 3 Friday, leaving only Windsor-Essex in Stage 2.


Toronto is moving into Stage 3 of coronavirus recovery, the Ontario government announced Wednesday morning.

Stage 3 will officially take effect Friday in both Toronto and the rest of the region of Peel, leaving Windsor-Essex as the only region in Ontario that hasn’t yet moved out of Stage 2.

The move comes after Toronto recorded just one new confirmed case of COVID-19 yesterday. Ontario recorded 111 cases across the province.

“While more restaurants, theatres and businesses can hang up their Open for Business sign, we’re asking everyone to follow public health advice and act responsibly,” Premier Doug Ford said in a statement Wednesday.

“We have made tremendous progress that allows us to return to something a little closer to our normal lives this summer, but we are not out of the woods yet.”

Toronto in Stage 3: What’s reopening

As part of Stage 3, dine-in restaurants, movie theatres, concert venues and a number of other venues can reopen in Stage 3.

The move also means gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors (with physical distancing in place).

The remainder of the province finished moving into Stage 3 on July 24.

In recent days, Toronto Mayor John Tory has asked for additional restrictions on certain spaces as the province reopens.

This month, Tory asked the province to require tougher anti-COVID measures in restaurants, and requested that the city’s apartment buildings make mask-wearing mandatory in common building spaces.

Click here for the full list of businesses set to reopen.

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