Today, the Province of Ontario announced Toronto can enter Step Three of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen on Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m. The City of Toronto is prepared to advance to Step Three reopening.
The Province is moving Ontario to Step Three ahead of schedule because of positive progress in key health indicators, including vaccination coverage. In Step Three, additional restrictions put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 are being relaxed.
The move to Step Three impacts some City services. The City looks forward to welcoming the community back to indoor recreation and community centres in Step Three. While there will be some restrictions and capacity limits, the City is looking at what programming can be offered for children and adults across Toronto.
Staff are in the process of reviewing the provincial legislation for full impacts to City services and amenities. A full list of changes to City services, updated regularly, is available on the COVID-19: Changes to City Services webpage: www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/affected-city-services/.
As announced by the Province, some additional amenities, services and activities may resume in Step Three subject to restrictions and capacity limits:
- Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events of up to 100 people
- Indoor social gatherings and organized public events of up to 25 people
- Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services with physical distancing
- Indoor dining with no limits on the number of patrons per table, but with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect
- Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities, subject to a maximum 50 per cent capacity of the indoor space and other restrictions
- Indoor meeting and event spaces, with physical distancing and other restrictions and capacity limits
- Essential and non-essential retail with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres
- Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, with capacity limits and other restrictions
- Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, amusement parks, and other attractions, fairs and rural exhibitions and festivals with capacity limits
- Concert venues, cinemas, and theatres with capacity limits
Full details of the announcement are in the Province’s Ontario Moving to Step Three of Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 news release: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000501/ontario-moving-to-step-three-of-roadmap-to-reopen-on-july-16.
The City is updating the COVID-19: Reopening Guide for Toronto Residents with a list of activities that are permitted when Toronto enters Step Three next Friday: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-reopening-recovery-rebuild/covid-19-guide-for-toronto-residents/.
Vaccine coverage is a key consideration in the provincial Roadmap to Reopen. All people age 12 and older are eligible to book first dose or accelerated second dose vaccination appointment City-run immunization clinics. Appointments can be booked by residents through the dark blue “Book a Vaccine” button on www.toronto.ca/covid-19 or by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900.
Toronto Public Health is reporting 41 new cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. Since the start of the pandemic there have been a total of 170,114 cases of COVID-19. There are 63 people hospitalized. To date, there have been 3,579 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. In total, 166,215 people have recovered. Case status data can be found on Toronto Public Health’s reporting dashboard: www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/covid-19-status-of-cases-in-toronto/.