PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Toronto and Peel Region Moving into Stage 2

It was announced today that both Toronto Public Health and Peel Public Health will enter Stage 2 on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 12:01 AM. They will join 31 other public health regions that entered Stage 2 on June 12 and June 19th, 2020. 

This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the local medical officers of health. It is based on positive local trends of key public health indicators, including the lower transmission of COVID-19, ongoing hospital capacity, public health capacity to do rapid case and contact management, and a significant increase in testing. 

However, Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 1 and the situation in the region will continue to be assessed on an ongoing basis.

Learn more about the update HERE

What does Stage 2 Look Like?

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.

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