PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Some galleries and museums can reopen in Phase 2
Posted On June 8, 2020
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
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.
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:
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: