eNews Alert: Parts of Ontario Enter Stage 3

Jul 13, 2020
Monday, July 13 Update
In this eNews Alert you will find:
  1. Premier Announces: Ontario Regions Enter Stage 3
  2. Minister MacLeod Wants to Visit YOU!
  3. Scenario Planning Webinar July 14, 10am
  4. Recording: 7th Tele-Townhall with Ministers MacLeod and Rickford
Premier Announces:
Ontario Regions Enter Stage 3
Friday, July 17
Phase 2: Restart  - Stage 3
Nearly All Businesses and Public Spaces to Reopen in Stage 3
Public Gatherings Will Increase in Size as the Province Continues its Path to Economic Recovery

July 13, 2020 1:00 P.M.
Office of the Premier

The Ontario government announced nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 of the province's reopening framework with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place. As Ontario continues down the path to economic recovery, decisions on which regions will enter Stage 3 and when will be made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts and based on trends of key public health indicators.

As part of the Stage 3 reopening, Ontario will be increasing gathering limits for those regions entering the next stage to the following:

  • Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people;
  • Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people;
  • Gathering limits are subject to physical distancing requirements.
  • Public gathering limits apply to indoor and outdoor events, such as community events or gatherings, concerts, live shows, festivals, conferences, sports and recreational fitness activities, fundraisers, fairs, festivals or open houses. A two-metre distance must still be maintained at such events.

Interactive Exhibits at Museums, Attractions and Heritage Institutions
  • Attractions and heritage institutions, including museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites and similar attractions were permitted to reopen in Stage 2.
  • In addition to the exhibits opened in Stage 2, high-contact surfaces such as interactive exhibits and displays may open. They must be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
  • All special events, instructional classes and performances at these locations are subject to gathering limits and physical distancing measures.
To read "A Framework for Reopening our Province" click HERE.

Regions remaining in Stage 2 will maintain the existing gathering limit of 10. Social circles in all stages at this point will also be kept to a maximum of 10 people province-wide, regardless of stage.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health, public health experts and other officials have advised the following, high-risk places and activities are not yet safe to open, even if a region has entered Stage 3, due to the likelihood of large crowds congregating, difficulties with physical distancing, or challenges maintaining the proper cleaning and sanitation required to prevent the spread of COVID‑19:

  • Amusement parks and water parks;
  • 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.

For more information on the restrictions that will remain in place during Stage 3, as well as the public health guidance necessary to keep the people of Ontario safe, visit Ontario.ca/reopen.

The province is committed to working closely and collaboratively with businesses and sectors not yet able to reopen or who are experiencing significant challenges for reopening due to Stage 3 restrictions. These businesses can visit Ontario.ca/reopen to work with the government on a reopening proposal that will enable them to safely resume or increase operations. Government and public health officials will review proposals and contact businesses for feedback or clarifications.

The following public health unit regions will be allowed to move into Stage 3 first, on Friday, July 17, 2020:

  • Algoma Public Health
  • Brant County Health Unit
  • Chatham-Kent Public Health
  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit
  • Grey Bruce Health Unit
  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
  • Huron Perth Public Health
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health
  • Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
  • Middlesex-London Health Unit
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
  • Northwestern Health Unit
  • Ottawa Public Health
  • Peterborough Public Health
  • Porcupine Health Unit
  • Public Health Sudbury & Districts
  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit
  • Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit
  • Southwestern Public Health
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit
  • Timiskaming Health Unit
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Businesses and municipalities will be permitted to enter Stage 3 based on their region and, as in the previous stages, may choose to take more time before reopening. For a list of regions that will remain in Stage 2, visit Ontario.ca/reopen.

The government, in partnership with health and safety associations, has released over 170 guidance resources at Ontario.ca/COVIDsafety to help employers in multiple sectors ― including fitness, restaurant and food services, and the performing arts ― keep spaces safe for workers and customers. Guidance will be available for all spaces permitted to open in Stage 3. As they prepare to reopen, employers are strongly advised to review and implement appropriate measures to help protect their communities.

Based on community needs, some municipalities and local medical officers of health have implemented more restrictions or requirements, such as mandatory face coverings in commercial establishments and all indoor public places. Check your local public health unit's or local municipality's website.

Read the news release HERE.
Read more about reopening and check what phase your region is in here HERE.

Minister MacLeod Wants to Visit YOU!
TORONTO - July 13, 2020

Minister MacLeod is continuing her Reopening Ontario Tour and announced today during her 8th tele-townhall that she will be embarking on another three-week tour of Ontario to celebrate the entry into Stage 3!

Answering a question from Cathy McGirr, Director and Curator of Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, Minister MacLeod indicated her interest in being invited to visit heritage, sport, tourism, and culture industry locations. She requested that organizations contact her at minister.macleod@ontario.ca to have input on her itinerary. Organizations requesting a visit should make sure to include their local MPP.

Webinar: Scenario Planning
July 14, 2020, 10 am to 12 pm

Presented in partnership with the Ontario Association of Art Galleries

In this time of extreme uncertainty, scenario planning offers a methodology for thinking about what might happen so that organizations can prepare for a range of possibilities. Usually, when we plan for the future, we have a pretty good idea of what the world looks like: our purpose, our facility, our collection, our funding, our employees, our visitors are all at least somewhat predictable. The pandemic, social distancing and the resulting economic impacts, and the demands for true social change all require us to set aside those predictions and assumptions.


Judy Wolfe and Karen Wishart of Consulting Matrix will facilitate a small group of sector leaders while other participants observe the process. Observing participants will be able to ask questions of the panelists as they work through the agenda and scenario planning.


Participants will learn how to plan for the long-term under extreme uncertainty and imagine possible futures.

Register HERE
Recording: Minister MacLeod's 7th
On July 6, 2020, the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries held the seventh in a series of telephone town halls intended to give northern Ontario stakeholders an update on COVID-19 as it applies to their businesses and organizations. 

Minister MacLeod was joined by the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines as she announced $18 million in provincial funding for northern Ontario.

Listen to the recording HERE!