As you may or not know the Ontario government has announced that starting May 22, all outdoor activities like Archery clubs can operate with a group max of five persons total (meaning no exceptions for coaches, parents, etc.) in a group on the property at any time. As well while following all health and safety guidelines, like social distancing, wearing masks, sanitizing.
Please contact your local health department for exact details and if you have questions.
Ontario is ready to slowly start getting life back to normal in announcing its three-step economic reopening “roadmap” that, barring unforeseen setbacks, will begin on June 14.
Before that date, Premier Doug Ford confirmed Thursday that outdoor amenities will reopen – with restrictions in place – on Saturday, May 22.
As Ontario vaccinates more of its population at an accelerated pace, the three steps will be based on that supply and the daily clip at which people get the shot.
The province will also factor in COVID-19 case counts, percent positivity, and hospitalization rates.
As a result, each step will be in place 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 following 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,” the government said.
The stay-at-home order remains in effect until June 2.
Here is how the plan looks.
Step 1 – 60% of adults vaccinated with one dose
In this step, we’ll see outdoor activities resume with small, well-managed crowds. The idea is to ensure that the risk of transmission is minimal, and some retail will be permitted. Assuming that hospitalizations, ICU occupancy and new admissions are going down, we can expect this to start on June 14th.
Taking a look at some examples of businesses, performing arts centres will remain closed in this period. Drive-in cinemas are allowed to open, but both indoor and outdoor cinemas will be closed. As for gyms, only outdoor training remains in place. For personal training, fitness classes, and sports training, it’s be all outdoors, with 10 people maximum per session, each spaced 3 metres apart.
Should begin: June 14
- Up to 10 people outside
- Up to 4 people per table (patio dining)
- Religious services, rites and ceremonies: Capacity limited to permit 2 metres of physical distancing
- Sports, training, and personal training: Up to 10 people
- Day camps
- Campsites and campgrounds
- Ontario Parks
- Horse racing and motor speedways
- Pools, splash pads and wading pools
- Essential retail capacity at 25%
- Non-essential retail capacity at 15%
Step 2 – 70% of adults vaccinated with one dose, 20% fully vaccinated
Before this step can begin, 70% of Ontario adults need to have received at least one dose, and 20% need to have received both doses. There also need to be more positive trends in public health, otherwise Step 2’s beginning will be postponed. In this step, we can expect to see outdoor activities and gathering increase in size. We’ll also see the resumption of limited indoor services.
Indoor cinemas will be closed in this step, but outdoor ones can open with some restrictions. As for performing arts centres, indoor will be closed with the exception of rehearsing or performing a broadcasted event. All outdoor performing centres can open with some capacity restrictions. Outdoor fitness classes and personal training will be allowed to have 25 people maximum.
Could begin: July 5 or later
- Larger gatherings for up to 25 people
- Dining for up to 6 people per table (patio dining)
- Cinemas, performing arts, live music events and attractions
- Meeting and event spaces
- Amusement and water parks
- Boat tour operators
- County fairs and rural exhibitions
- Outdoor sports leagues and events
- Gatherings allowed for up to 5 people
- Personal care services (barbers, hair salons, nail salons, etc.): Face covering must be worn at all times
- Religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15% capacity
- Essential retail at 50% capacity
- Non-essential retail capacity at 25%
Step 3 – 70-80% of adults vaccinated with one dose, 25% fully vaccinated
If 21 days after the beginning of Step 2, public health trends continue to head in the right direction, and 70 to 80% of adults have received their first dose while 25% of adults have received their second dose, then the province will enter Step 3. This step will see the resumption of indoor services with larger numbers of peoples, such as cinemas, casinos, and larger religious services.
Both indoor and outdoor gyms will be allowed to open, with some restrictions. Both indoor cinemas and indoor performing arts centres will be allowed to open, with some restrictions.
Could begin: July 26 or later
- Larger religious services, rites, and ceremony gatherings
- Casinos and bingo halls
- Meeting and event spaces
- Sports, fitness and recreational facilities (Gyms)
- Seated events
- Attractions and cultural amenities
- Museums, art galleries and libraries
- Other activities from Step 2 permitted to happen indoors
- Essential and non-essential retail open with limited capacity