The Ontario government released its Stage 3 reopening plan at Queen’s Park on Monday, and, as was the case with the initial move to Stage 2, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area — as well as two parts of the province’s southwest — will be left waiting for their COVID-19 numbers to keep falling.
All of northern Ontario, as well as Ottawa, eastern Ontario, and much of the southwest, will be allowed to move into Stage 3, but Toronto, the surrounding regions, Niagara, and Windsor-Essex and Lambton will remain in Stage 2 for at least a week. However, parts of the province that are moving forward will be able to access a much wider variety of businesses and entertainment.
The types of businesses that will be allowed to reopen include movie theatres, restaurants and bars (no longer restricted to outdoor service only), outdoor and indoor playgrounds, escape rooms, and bowling alleys. Karaoke is allowed but only in a larger bar or restaurant and only with appropriate barriers between singers and crowds.
All new businesses are restricted to a hard limit of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors — that will apply to movie theatres regardless of the number of theatres operating.
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The rest of the Stage 3 plan can be read below. Stage 3 is the final stage of Ontario’s restart phase (Phase 2); the next step after Stage 3 will be the “recovery” phase (Phase 3).