Update from the COVID Temagami Working Group (June 8, 2020)

This morning the Ontario Government announced that it is getting more people back to work and more recreational activities open by moving forward with a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening the province. The government is easing restrictions in communities where it is safe to do so, based on trends of key public health indicators such as lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals, and progress made in testing. Our public health region (Timiskaming Health Unit) is included in those allowed to enter Stage 2!

Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2. Additionally, all places of worship in Ontario will also be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30 percent of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers.

Businesses and services permitted to reopen with proper health and safety measures in place in regions entering Stage 2 include:

  • 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;
  • drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations;
  • film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing; and,
  • weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.

For full details and the complete news release, please follow this link: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/06/ontario-permits-more-businesses-and-services-to-reopen-in-the-coming-days.html