A lengthy list of businesses, including restaurants, hair salons and malls, will be allowed to re-open as of Friday in parts of Ontario — including Sault Ste. Marie — as the province enters Stage 2 of its restart phase through a regional approach.
Ontario is also increasing social gathering rules, now allowing up to 10 people as of Friday. Physical distancing rules will still apply.
Ontario premier Doug Ford said the decision to move forward to Stage 2 was made in consultation with the chief medical officer of health and local health officials.
Ontario is also allowing places of worship to reopen, with attendance limited to 30 per cent capacity — with physical distancing rules in place.
“We’re moving forward with an approach that lets us make decisions for specific parts of Ontario based on what’s happening on the ground, based on the advice of the chief medical officer of health, our command table and our local public health experts,” said Ford.
Following is a list of business than can open in the Sault, as of this Friday.
- Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties
- Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons
- Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only
- Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries
- Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools
- Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks
- Camping at private campgrounds
- Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing
- Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.