As the province starts begins phase one of reopening the economy, select Hamilton businesses can fully reopen today after being closed for weeks due to the COVID-19 shutdown.
Premier Doug Ford revealed plans last week that showed how the province can start to reopen after a lockdown was put in place amid an Ontario-wide state of emergency.
As we gradually reopen the province, it’s never been more important to take everyday actions to reduce exposure and protect people’s health. Physical distancing, frequent hand washing and cleaning devices will continue to be crucial in Ontario’s fight against #COVID19. pic.twitter.com/6QzlXBPbyK
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) May 16, 2020
Although some retailers were given the green light to offer curb-side pickup and delivery, this next phase will allow customers inside of storefronts with a street-facing entrance as long as they are following public health guidelines.
Over the long weekend, a number of seasonal recreational facilities opened including golf courses, marinas, and private parks.
After this stage of reopening, cases of COVID-19 need to continue on a downward trend in order for the province to move into the next phase. This is despite Ontario health officials stating that the number of community spread cases is still unclear.
Here’s a list of the types of businesses that are permitted to reopen as of today.
All of these reopening businesses come after Hamilton experienced a massive jump in cases over the weekend with the city’s health officials announcing a further 65 residents testing positive. The Rosslyn Retirement Residence is the source of the biggest outbreaks in the city with 52 residents from the home being moved to the hospital. As of Monday, the home has 83 confirmed COVID-19 cases.