As of next Wednesday, you’ll be allowed to get a haircut, dine inside a restaurant and go to church, among other things.
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
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
– Public libraries can open up to 25% capacity
– Religious services and other ceremonies like weddings and funerals up to 25% capacity
– 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.