Ontario Government Launches Reopening Roadmap

The Ontario government has released its ‘Roadmap to Reopen,’ a three-step plan to reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the province-wide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and healthcare indicators. Step one is an initial focus on permitting retail with restrictions and resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds where the risk of transmission is lower. This includes allowing non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity and outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people and outdoor dining with up to four people per table. Step two will expand outdoor activities and resume limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn. Step three will expand access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn. This includes indoor sports and recreational fitness; indoor dining, museums, art galleries and libraries; and casinos and bingo halls, with capacity limits. The province will remain in each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. If at the end of the 21 days, the vaccination thresholds have been met, along with positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators, then the province will move to the next step. Based on current trends, the province expects to move into step one the week of June 14.