Toronto and Peel Region Enter Stage 3
On July 31st, both Toronto and Peel Region have entered Stage 3 of Ontario's COVID-19 recovery plan. Stage 3 means all businesses and public spaces can reopen with the appropriate health measures. The new phase also allows people to gather in larger groups.
Here is a general overview of what is allowed under the Stage 3 guidelines:
- Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people.
- Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people.
- In all cases, individuals are required to continue to maintain physical distancing of at least two metres with people from outside their households or social circles.
- All businesses, services and public spaces when hosting an event are subject to indoor or outdoor gathering limits and ensuring physical distancing can be maintained.
The gathering limits for workers and for religious services and ceremonies are slightly different:
- People at their place of work, including performers and crews, do not count towards gathering limits.
- People gathering indoors for religious services, rites or ceremonies, and wedding ceremonies or funeral services, can continue to fill up to 30 per cent of the capacity of the particular room, as introduced in Stage 2.
The decision was made in agreement with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health experts. Toronto and Peel regions are Ontario's two most populous areas. They have both achieved steady declines in new daily cases over the last week. In the Ministry of Health's COVID-19 update yesterday morning, the two public health units had just six and seven new cases, respectively.
As virus transmission remains a serious risk, it is essential that everyone follow public health protocols, wear masks, and practice social distancing. "We have made tremendous progress that allows us to return to something a little closer to our normal lives this summer, but we are not out of the woods yet," Ontario Premier Doug Ford said.
Windsor-Essex will is only remaining region in Ontario not permitted to proceed to Stage 3.
As more businesses reopen, the adoption of temperature screening devices can be an added security measure to remain open. Alerting individuals of an elevated temperature can help prevent potentially contagious individuals from entering a public space, this reducing the chance of Coronavirus transmission.
Ontario currently has 38,910 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 2768 deaths.