Expansion of Businesses and Services That Can Reopen Starting July 17, 2020

Starting July 17, 2020, the Ontario government is permitting additional businesses and service providers to reopen or expand their services, as part of the third stage of the government's reopening framework. Eastern Ontario is one of the regions which is being permitted to enter Stage 3 of the reopening plan.

Details of the reopening plan—including Stage 3—can be found on the government’s webpages, Reopening Ontario and A Framework for Reopening Our Province – Stage 3.

Nearly all businesses, public spaces and activities are permitted to reopen, as long as public health guidelines and safety measures are in place. This includes:

  • Indoor dine-in areas at restaurants, bars and other establishments (patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties opened in stage 2)
  • Most personal care services, including services that tend to a customer’s face such as facials, ear piercing, eyebrow grooming and eyelash extensions (tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons opened in stage 2)
  • Gyms and fitness centres
  • Live shows, performing arts and movie theatres (Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations opened in stage 2)
  • Casinos
  • Indoor recreational facilities and activities (including arcade rooms, escape rooms, bowling alleys, and pool halls)
  • Outdoor recreational facilities and activities (like playgrounds and play structures)
  • Team sports and live sporting events
  • Tour and guide services
  • Limit on number of people who can get together at social gatherings will increase from 10 to:
    • 50 people for indoor gatherings
    • 100 people for outdoor gatherings
    • At all times, physical distancing of at least two metres must be respected with individuals from outside your household or social circle.
  • People gathering indoors for religious services (including wedding ceremonies and funeral services) can continue to fill up to 30 percent of the capacity of the room being used.

However, the following places and activities are not yet permitted to reopen due to the possibility of large crowds congregating, difficulties maintaining physical distancing, or challenges maintaining the proper cleaning and sanitation required to prevent COVID-19:

  • Amusement parks and waterparks
  • Buffet-style food services
  • Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment following specific requirements
  • Overnight stays at camps for children
  • Private karaoke rooms
  • Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports
  • Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars
  • Table games at casinos and gaming establishments

When do gathering limits apply?

  • All organized or spontaneous indoor and outdoor events and social gatherings (e.g., parties, fundraisers, fairs, wedding receptions, funeral receptions)
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
  • Concerts and live shows, including performing arts
  • Convention centres and other meeting or event spaces
  • Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities (e.g., gyms, fitness studios)
  • Festivals
  • Recreational attractions, courses and instruction (e.g., fitness classes, music lessons, tutoring)
  • Movie theatres
  • Real estate open houses
  • Sporting and racing events
  • Tour and guide services (including boat tours)

NOTE: Indoor events and gatherings cannot be combined with outdoor events to increase the limit of people who can gather.

Related Information:

Nearly All Businesses and Public Spaces to Reopen in Stage 3 (media release 2020-07-13)
Reopening Ontario: What’s in Each Stage
Sector-specific guidelines and resources to prepare for reopening
"Stop the Spread" Telephone Information Line for Businesses
Learn more about A Framework for Reopening our Province

Eastern Ontatio Health Unit / Bureau de santé de l'Ontario