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Book your haircuts – step two reopening starts June 30

Two days ahead of schedule, the Ontario government has confirmed moving into step two of its COVID-19 re-opening on Wednesday, June 30.

New is indoor gatherings of up to five people, 25 people outdoors and personal services such as hair cuts. Outdoor performances and team sports are able to resume, along with outdoor attractions such as water parks.

“Because of the tireless work of our health care heroes, and the record setting success of our vaccine rollout, we are able to move into Step Two ahead of schedule on June 30 with the support of our public health experts” said Premier Doug Ford, in a news release.

Outdoor dining capacity increases to six people per table; essential retail can double to 50 per cent capacity and non-essential retail can move to 25 per cent capacity, up from the current 15 per cent.

Shopping malls will re-open with restrictions and larger indoor religious services, weddings and funerals, can resume at 25 per cent.

In order to enter Step Two, Ontario needed to have vaccinated 70 per cent of adults with one dose and 20 per cent with two doses for at least two weeks.

Data indicates more than 76 per cent of the population in Ontario ages 18 and over have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and more than 29 per cent have received their second dose.

While the province has surpassed Step Three targets, Ontario will remain in Step two for 21 days for evaluation.

Step Two includes, but is not limited to:
Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 5 people;
Essential and other select retail permitted at 50 per cent capacity;
Non-essential retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times, and at 25 per cent capacity and other restrictions;
Outdoor dining with up to six people per table, with exceptions for larger households and other restrictions;
Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 25 per cent capacity of the particular room;
Outdoor fitness classes limited to the number of people who can maintain 3 metres of physical distance;
Outdoor sports without contact or modified to avoid contact, with no specified limit on number of people or teams participating, with restrictions;
Overnight camps for children operating in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
Outdoor sport facilities with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
Outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas, with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
Outdoor horse racing and motor speedways, with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
Outdoor fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals, permitted at 25 per cent capacity and with other restrictions.

View the regulation for the full list of public health and workplace safety measures that need to be followed.

Dr. Kieran Moore, former medical officer of health with Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health has been working with Ontario’s current Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams since June 7 for a smooth transition June 26 into the position as Williams retires. Moore is expected to hold weekly COVID-19 updates on Tuesdays.

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