Though Hamilton wasn’t one of the cities initially given the green light to move into Stage Three of reopening last week, the Ontario government has announced that the city will officially get to advance to Stage Three as of this coming Friday.
The next step in Ontario’s phased reopening plan that has been carefully relaxing restrictions on businesses, services, gatherings, and more, Stage Three will see steps taken such as the allowance of dine-in restaurants to open for distanced patrons, reopening of gyms and fitness facilities, and an increase on gatherings to maximum 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors as long as proper physical distancing is possible.
CTV says Premier Ford will announce at 1 pm Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand-Norfolk, Lambton & York regions will go to Stage 3 of COVID-19 recovery plan on Friday. Toronto, Peel, Windsor-Essex stay in Stage 2 for at least a week: https://t.co/np9wmHM7tT #onpoli
— Lorrie Goldstein (@sunlorrie) July 20, 2020
Some businesses and services will still remain indefinitely restricted, including spaces for large gatherings such as live theatre, concerts, and sporting events. Places like nightclubs, amusement parks, and buffet-style food services are also to remain shuttered until further notice.
While most of the province was enabled to enter Stage Three as of last Friday, key regions were excluded from this including Hamilton, Halton, Toronto, Peel, Durham, Haldimand-Norfolk, York, Lambton, and Windsor-Essex.
This coming Friday, however, most of these remaining regions will also get to advance to Stage Three with the exception of Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex; all areas that will have to wait at least one additional week until they can move out of Stage Two.
Notably, Hamilton’s move to Stage Three comes within the same week that the city officially instituted a bylaw that makes masks and face coverings mandatory in enclosed public spaces; a move recommended by public health to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
To learn more about Ontario’s reopening plan, check out their website.