Province moves up reopening date of retail, outdoor activities to Friday

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Bar and restaurant patios in Ottawa will be allowed to reopen on Friday as Ontario starts easing restrictions on retail operations and outdoor activities three days earlier than originally scheduled, the provincial government announced Monday.

The province pointed to rising vaccination rates and continuing improvements in “key indicators” such as the seven-day average of daily cases of COVID-19 as factors in its decision to move phase one of its plan to reopen the economy forward by three days.

The first phase of the province’s plan was originally supposed to kick in on Monday, June 14.

Here's a list of the activities that will be permitted:

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people
  • Outdoor dining of up to four people per table
  • Outdoor fitness classes, personal training and sports training of up to 10 patrons
  • Essential retail can open at 25 per cent capacity and discount and big box stores can sell all goods
  • Non-essential retail will reopen at 15 per cent capacity
  • Retail stores in malls will remain closed unless the stores have a street-facing entrance
  • Indoor religious services, rites and ceremonies including weddings and funerals may resume at 15 per cent capacity
  • Outdoor religious services, rites and ceremonies including weddings and funerals are permitted with capacity limited to permit physical distancing
  • Horse racing and motor speedways may resume competition but without spectators
  • Outdoor pools and wading pools may reopen with capacity limited to permit physical distancing
  • Outdoor zoos, landmarks, historic sites and botanical gardens may open with capacity limited to 15 per cent for ticketed areas
  • Children's day camps
  • Campsites, campgrounds and short-term rentals
  • Overnight camping at Ontario parks

– With files from the Canadian Press