Published Monday, June 8, 2020 7:39AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, June 8, 2020 5:12PM EDT
But municipalities within the GTHA as well as some hard-hit areas of southern Ontario will not be allowed to reopen additional businesses until June 19 at the earliest.
Starting Friday, all Ontario municipalities outside the GTHA, Lambton, Niagara, Windsor-Essex and Haldimand-Norfolk will be able to open shopping malls, all personal care settings including hair salons, barbers and spas, outdoor dining on patios or in parking lots, public pools, houses of worship, museums and other historic sites, community centres and flim, television and photography production.
Strict physical distancing will be enforced in all settings, including near-universal use of gloves and masks.
Gatherings of up to 10 people will also be permitted in all areas of the province starting on Friday.
For instance, personal care settings including tattoo parlours, tanning salons, spas providing massage services, hair removal centres and weight loss clinics will be allowed to reopen, with increased cleaning protocols, appointment only service, questionnaires about COVID-19 for clients and physical distancing measures.
Ontario is also allowing all places of worship to reopen, even in those areas not advancing to Stage 2, with attendance limited to 30 per cent capacity, with physical distancing rules in place.
Restaurants and bars will be able to seat diners in a physically distant manner, not indoors but only on patios or parking lot space and all diners will have to make reservations.
Stores in malls will be under strict occupancy restrictions, enforced walking traffic patterns, and stores with change rooms will be ordered to clean them in between uses.
Food courts in malls will be restricted to take-out only.
Public pools, community centres and pools in other settings such as condos and hotels will be allowed to reopen, but change rooms will only be allowed to open “if operators can adequately sanitize and disinfect the facilities.”
All film and television production across the province will be allowed to resume as part of Stage 2.
Outdoor team sports practice can resume, but not games.
Also mini-golf, archery, paintball and go-kart tracks can resume operations as part of Stage 2.
Museums and historic sites will be allowed to re-open, with strict limits on occupancy and orders to document everyone who enters their facility.