Coronavirus Canada Udaptes: Parts of Ontario to move into Stage 3 on Friday

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Coronavirus Canada updates: 30 of 42 new Manitoba COVID-19 cases are in Winnipeg
Coronavirus Canada updates: 30 of 42 new Manitoba COVID-19 cases are in Winnipeg

The Ontario government has announced parts of the province will be able to move into Stage 3 of reopening on Friday. These regions are:

Algoma Public Health

Brant County Health Unit

Chatham-Kent Public Health

Eastern Ontario Health Unit

Grey Bruce Health Unit

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Huron Perth Public Health

Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health

Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

Middlesex-London Health Unit

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit

Northwestern Health Unit

Ottawa Public Health

Peterborough Public Health

Porcupine Health Unit

Public Health Sudbury & Districts

Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services

Renfrew County and District Health Unit

Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit

Southwestern Public Health

Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Timiskaming Health Unit

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

This excludes:

Toronto Public Health

York Region Public Health

Peel Public Health

Hamilton Public Health Services

Halton Region Public Health

Durham Region Health Department

Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

Lambton Public Health

Niagara Region Public Health

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said provincial officials will provide updates every Monday on where these remaining regions stand in terms of being able to move from Stage 2 to Stage 3 of reopening.

Some businesses and services that will be able to resume operations in some areas on Friday include:

Dine-in services at restaurants, bars

Gyms and fitness centres

Additional personal care services (ex. facials, ear piercing, eyebrow grooming and eyelash extensions)

Live shows, performing arts, movie theatres, live sporting events (with gathering limits)

Casinos (with gathering limits)

Playgrounds

Tour and guide services

Outdoor gathering limits will be increased to 100 people and indoor gathering will be allowed with up to 50 people present, but physical distancing practices will still be in place. The social circle limit of 10 people will remain.

Beginning on Jul. 27, child care centres can operate with cohorts of 15 children, which the province indicates brings the child care sector to about 90 per cent of its pre-COVID-19 operating capacity.

Minister of Health Christine Elliott indicated it is expected that more Stage 3 measures will remain for some time, possibly until there is a vaccine available, but if the province is able to keep case numbers down with no new outbreaks, provincial officials may allow for gradually expanding things like the size of gatherings.

Businesses and services that are still not considered safe for Stage 3 of reopening includes:

Amusement parks and water parks

Buffet-style food services

Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment following specific requirements

Overnight stays at camps for children

Private karaoke rooms

Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports

Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars

Table games at casinos and gaming establishments

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