PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Some galleries and museums can reopen in Phase 2

Today, the Ontario government announced that it is moving forward with a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening the province.

In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local health officials, the government is easing restrictions in communities where it is safe to do so, based on trends of key public health indicators such as lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals, and progress made in testing.

Public health unit regions allowed to move into Stage 2 on Friday June 12, 2020 at 12:01 am include:

  • 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
Regional breakdown provided by the Ontario Government.

Attractions & Heritage Institutions

In the regions mentioned above galleries, museums, aquariums, zoos, outdoor heritage institutions, and other establishments primarily engaged in preserving and exhibiting objects, sites and natural wonders of historical, cultural and educational value are permitted to reopen with restrictions.

Restrictions include:

  • Interactive and high-contact exhibits, amusement parks, water parks and conference centres will remain closed in Stage 2.
  • Lockers will remain closed.
  • The opening of commercial areas (e.g., restaurant, cafe, bookshop, giftshop) are subject to the related guidelines and restrictions.
  • Persons in the place of business shall maintain physical distancing of at least two metres from each other at all times by:
  • Timed entry.
  • A limited number of visitors allowed in a place at one time.
  • Managed visitor flow (e.g., one-way flow).
  • Establishments should consider operating by appointment and/or record each patron’s name and contact information for the purpose of contact tracing.

Small Outdoor Events

Non-essential in-person gatherings of any size continue to be strongly discouraged. Small outdoor events, such as cultural celebrations, animal shows and fundraisers will be permitted in line with gathering-size restrictions, subject to local public health requirements.

Event organizers should have in place measures to enable physical distancing for people when in the event space and while waiting to enter, such as one-way traffic, marked lineup areas, and timed entry and length of stay.

Large outdoor events, such as concerts, large festivals, parades and amusement fairs, are not permitted.

The following regions will remain in Stage 1 until it’s safe to move into Stage 2:

  • Durham Region Health Department
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
  • Halton Region Public Health
  • Hamilton Public Health Services
  • Lambton Public Health
  • Niagara Region Public Health
  • Peel Public Health
  • Toronto Public Health
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
  • York Region Public Health

Be sure to check your public health unit HERE

Read the full press release, click HERE.

Learn more about each stage and read about reopening in detail click HERE.

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