Wondering what you’ll be able to do under Step 2 of Ontario’s reopening plan?

As of next Wednesday, you’ll be allowed to get a haircut, dine inside a restaurant and go to church, among other things.

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At one minute after midnight next Wednesday, Ontarians will regain just a little bit more freedom from COVID-19 restrictions.

So what are the rules for finally getting your haircut? Or your nails done? Or attending your outdoor yoga class?

Here’s a look at what will be permitted under Step 2:


– Outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people

– Indoor gatherings of up to five people

  1. Dan Kelly, president and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

    LEVY: We are so done with COVID Mr. Premier

  2. Inskip Redman (left), owner of Clean Cuts barber shop on Danforth Ave. west of Woodbine Ave., cuts the hair of one of his best clients and friends, John Robinson Jr., at the rear of his shop on the rooftop deck.

    A CUT ABOVE: Barber takes his business to the roof during shutdown

  3. Inside CF Toronto Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto on Thursdayy.

    Step Two gets a big welcome from shut down industries

Retail, dining and indoor services

– Essential retail stores can open to 50% capacity

– Non-essential retail stores can open to 25% capacity

– Stores in shopping malls can open

– Personal care services such as salons can open to 25% capacity if masks can be worn at all times

– Outdoor dining expands to six people per table, with exceptions for large households

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– Public libraries can open up to 25% capacity

– Religious services and other ceremonies like weddings and funerals up to 25% capacity

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– Outdoor fitness classes with three metres of distance between people

– No-contact outdoor sports, with no limit on the number of people or teams

– Overnight camps for children

– Outdoor concerts, theatres, cinemas, sports facilities, horse racing and motor speedways up to 25% audience capacity

– Outdoor water parks, fairs, festivals and amusement parks up to 25% capacity.

The one constant with all of these activities: Face coverings should be worn.

Step 3 would begin only after the province has been in Step 2 for 21 days.

The thresholds to enter the next phase are that 70 to 80% of the adult population be vaccinated with a first dose, and that 25% of the adult population be vaccinated with a second dose.

The province has already reached those targets.

Public health officials also want to see a continued downward trend in cases, hospitalization and overall health system indicators.



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