Stage 2 begins Friday in county
By Chad Ingram
The provincial government announced Monday that as of 12:01 a.m., Friday June, 12, a number of businesses will be able to re-open, at least in modified fashion, in communities outside the Toronto area, as the province enacts Stage 2 of its COVID-19 recovery process in those areas.
Included on the list is the area covered by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.
“In consultation with the chief medical officer of health and local health officials, the government is easing restrictions in communities where it is safe to do so, based on trends of key public health indicators such as lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals, and progress made in testing,” reads a press release from the province.
As of Friday, outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments may resume, with proper health and safety protocols in place. Also on the list are personal care services such as barber shops and hair salons, beauty salons and tattoo parlours. Tours, including biking, walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting tours at wineries, breweries and distilleries, may resume. Recreational water facilities such as splash pads, wading pools and swimming pools may reopen with protocols in place, as well as outdoor recreational facilities for team sports, with processes in place to enable physical distancing. Camping at private campgrounds, as well as beach access and camping at
provincial parks, will also be permitted to resume.
“The health and long-term economic well-being of the people of Ontario has guided every decision we have made in response to COVID-19,” Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance and chairman of the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee, said in a statement. “The people and employers of Ontario have demonstrated responsible behaviour throughout the global pandemic. I’m confident that will continue in Stage 2 and beyond. Our collective health and the economic recovery of the province depend on it.”
The release also indicates the province will soon be releasing information on the reopening of daycares, summer camps and public transit.