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Ontario’s Stay-at-Home-Order Lifts June 2: What Changes? What Doesn’t?

Roadmap to Reopening

As the Province previously announced, Ontario’s Stay-at-Home order will expire tomorrow (June 2, 2021). However, when it does, all other public health and workplace measures will remain in place provincewide until Ontario enters Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen, at which point some restrictions will ease with an initial focus on outdoor settings.

The Province announced that based on current health trends, including the vaccination rate in Ontario, it expects to enter Step One of its roadmap (Click here to view key highlights of the COVID-19 Roadmap to Reopen) around June 14, 2021. The Province will wait 21 days before moving on to the next step.

  • Step One — 60% adults with one dose vaccine: Outdoors first with limited, well-managed crowding and permitting restricted retail
  • Step Two — 70% adults with one dose vaccine, 20% fully-vaccinated: Open indoors with small numbers and face coverings and expand outdoors
  • Step Three — 70-80% adults with one dose vaccine, 25% fully-vaccinated: Expanded indoors where face coverings can’t always be worn

Some restrictions, such as the ones on recreational camping and provincial border closures are being extended past June 2 — see this CTV News article for more.

We know things can be a little confusing as to what’s opening up when, gathering restrictions, etc., so below we’ve compiled a breakdown of information to hopefully make things a little clearer.

If you have specific questions regarding how the changes provincial regulations may affect your personal circumstances, please reach out to your local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) — Jane McKenna, Burlington MPPEffie Triantafilopoulos, Oakville-North Burlington MPPParm Gill, Milton MPP — and Halton Public Health at 311, as they will be in the best position to answer those questions.

BEFORE STEP ONE (Between June 2-14):

Gatherings
  • Max 5 people for outdoor gatherings
  • Indoor not permitted, unless with household (single individuals can choose one household to join exclusively)
Retail
  • Essential retail at 25% capacity;
  • Other restrictions apply to some essential retailers (e.g. restricted hours, appointments required, etc.)
  • In-store shopping at discount and big box retailers limited to essential goods
  • Curbside pick-up or delivery for non-essential retail
  • Restrictions on shopping malls
Liquor stores
  • Open at 25% capacity, with restricted hours
Restaurants & bars
  • Open for take-out, drive-thru and delivery service
Personal care services
  • Closed
Sports & recreational fitness facilities
  • Closed for indoor use except for high-performance athletes, child care, mental health and addiction support services, social services, and physical therapy (subject to conditions)
Personal fitness & training
  • Closed – no indoor or outdoor sports or recreational classes at any indoor or outdoor sport and recreational facilities
Outdoor recreational amenities
  • Open, including golf courses, tennis courts, skateboarding parks, sports fields, BMX and skate parks, shooting ranges and archery ranges, and others, with restrictions.
  • Horse riding permitted, with restrictions
  • No outdoor sports or recreational classes are permitted.
Water features
  • Outdoor spray/splash pads open with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing; everything else closed
Meeting & event spaces
  • Closed with exceptions for certain purposes including social services, government operations, court services, in-person examinations for select professions (subject to conditions)
Day camps
  • Closed
Overnight camps
  • Closed
Commercial film/TV production
  • Open with no audience
  • No more than 50 performers on set
  • Distance or equipment requirements for crew, hair and makeup services, and musicians
  • Must comply with industry guidance
  • Post-production, visual effects, animation studios open
Performing arts
  • Closed
Cinemas
  • Closed
Casino, bingo halls & gaming establishments
  • Closed
Horse racing
  • Training only
  • No members of the public permitted at the facility
Motorsports & speedways
  • Closed
Weddings, funerals & religious services, rites & ceremonies

(Does not apply to receptions)

  • Max 10 persons indoors
  • Max 10 people permitted outdoors
Short-term rentals (does not include hotels, motels, lodges, resorts, etc., but DOES APPLY to cabins & cottages)
  • Only for people in need of housing
Public libraries
  • Curbside pickups for materials
  • Access to computers, photocopiers, and similar services permitted
Museums, Attractions, etc.
  • Closed
  • Zoos and aquariums open to care for animals
Fairs & Rural Exhibitions
  • Closed
Tour & Guide Services (e.g. boat tours)
  • Closed
Construction
  • Open with some limitations to commercial projects
Driving Instruction & Testing
  • Not permitted, except for drivers of commercial vehicles
Veterinary services
  • Open
Pet grooming, animal shelters, stables, pet sitters, pet walkers, pet trainers
  • Open
Lawn care & landscaping services
  • Open
Ontario Parks & Campgrounds
  • Ontario Parks open for day use
  • Overnight only open for individuals in need of housing or with full seasonal contracts; only sites with electricity, water and sewage facilities may be provided for use
  • All recreational and shared facilities (e.g. washrooms) are closed
Marinas / Boating Clubs
  • Open with limited services including, repairs or servicing of boats, placing boats in water, and enabling individuals’ access to their residence or property
  • Recreational boating permitted but only members of a household can gather on a boat
  • Clubhouse, rec facilities closed; restaurants open for take-out only
Strip clubs
  • Permitted to operate as a restaurant in alignment with restaurant restrictions

STEP ONE (Expected June 14):

Gatherings
  • Max 10 people for outdoor gatherings and organized public events
  • Indoor not permitted, unless with household (single individuals can choose one household to join exclusively)
Retail
  • Essential retail at 25% capacity and and can sell all goods (including discount and big box)
  • Non-essential retail at 15% capacity
  • Retail stores in malls closed unless the stores have a street facing entrance.
Liquor stores
  • Open at 25% capacity
Restaurants & bars
  • Outdoor dining with 4 people per table and other restrictions
Personal care services
  • Closed
  • Sensory deprivation pods permitted when prescribed by a regulated health professional
Sports & recreational fitness facilities
  • Outdoor team sports – training only, 10 people max, 3m distance
  • Closed for indoor use except for high-performance athletes, social services, and physical therapy
Personal fitness & training
  • Outdoor fitness classes – 10 people max, 3m distance
  • Outdoor personal training – 10 people max, 3m distance
  • Outdoor sports training only – 10 people max, 3m distance
Outdoor recreational amenities
  • Open
Water features
  • Outdoor pools, splash pads, spray pads, whirlpools, wading pools and water slides open with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing
Meeting & event spaces
  • Closed with exceptions for certain purposes including social services, government operations, court services, in-person examinations for select professions (subject to conditions)
Day camps
  • Open based on guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health
Overnight camps
  • Closed
Commercial film/TV production
  • Open with no audience
  • No more than 50 performers on set
  • Distance or equipment requirements for crew, hair and makeup services, and musicians
  • Must comply with industry guidance
  • Post-production, visual effects, animation studios open
Performing arts
  • Closed
Cinemas
  • Drive-in open
Casino, bingo halls & gaming establishments
  • Closed
Horse racing
  • Outdoor with capacity and crew restrictions
  • No spectators
Motorsports & speedways
  • Outdoor with capacity and crew restrictions
  • No spectators
Weddings, funerals & religious services, rites & ceremonies

(Does not apply to receptions)

  • 10 indoors
  • Outdoor permitted with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing
Short-term rentals (does not include hotels, motels, lodges, resorts, etc., but DOES APPLY to cabins & cottages)
  • Open
Public libraries
  • Curbside pickups for materials
  • Access to computers, photocopiers, and similar services permitted
Museums, Attractions, etc.
  • Outdoor zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens, and similar attractions open with reduced capacity and other restrictions (excludes public events)
Fairs & Rural Exhibitions
  • Closed
Tour & Guide Services (e.g. boat tours)
  • Closed
Construction
  • All construction open
Driving Instruction & Testing
  • Driving testing permitted with restrictions
Veterinary services
  • Open
Pet grooming, animal shelters, stables, pet sitters, pet walkers, pet trainers
  • Open
Lawn care & landscaping services
  • Open
Ontario Parks & Campgrounds
  • Open
Marinas / Boating Clubs
  • Permitted with clubhouses, and other indoor amenities closed
Strip clubs
  • Permitted to operate as a restaurant in alignment with restaurant restrictions

STEP TWO (Expected 21 days after June 14):

Gatherings
  • Max 25 people for outdoor gatherings and organized public events
  • Max 5 people for indoor gatherings and organized public events with other restrictions
Retail
  • Essential retail at 50% capacity
  • Non-essential retail at 25% capacity
Liquor stores
  • Open at 50% capacity
Restaurants & bars
  • Outdoor dining with 6 people per table and other restrictions
  • Karaoke permitted with restrictions (outdoor)
Personal care services
  • Open at 25% capacity to maximum of 5 people
  • Appointment required
  • Services that require the removal of a face covering not permitted
  • Only patrons being served can be in the setting
Sports & recreational fitness facilities
  • Outdoor sports leagues open
  • Training for professional or amateur athletes and/or competitions
Personal fitness & training
  • Outdoor fitness classes – 25 people max, 3m distance
  • Outdoor personal training – 25 people max, 3m distance
Outdoor recreational amenities
  • Open
Water features
  • Outdoor pools, splash pads, spray pads, whirlpools, wading pools and water slides open with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing
Meeting & event spaces
  • Outdoor spaces open at 25% capacity and other restrictions
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces closed, with exceptions for certain purposes, and except for viewing for potential booking of a future event
Day camps
  • Open based on guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health
Overnight camps
  • Open based on guidance from the Chief Medical
    Officer of Health, including epidemiological context and other specific conditions
Commercial film/TV production
  • Open with no audience
  • Distance or equipment requirements for crew, hair and makeup services, and musicians
  • Must comply with industry guidance
  • Post-production, visual effects, animation studios open
Performing arts
  • Indoor closed, permitted only for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted event
  • Outdoor open, including live music, with capacity and other restrictions
Cinemas
  • Indoor closed
  • Outdoor open with capacity and other restrictions
Casino, bingo halls & gaming establishments
  • Closed
Horse racing
  • Open with spectator capacity and other restrictions
Motorsports & speedways
  • Open with spectator capacity and other restrictions
Weddings, funerals & religious services, rites & ceremonies

(Does not apply to receptions)

  • Indoor permitted at 15% capacity
  • Outdoor permitted with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing
Short-term rentals (does not include hotels, motels, lodges, resorts, etc., but DOES APPLY to cabins & cottages)
  • Open
Public libraries
  • Open with 25% capacity and other restrictions
Museums, Attractions, etc.
  • Outdoor waterparks open with reduced capacity and other restrictions
  • Outdoor amusement parks open with reduced capacity and other restrictions, including on rides
Fairs & Rural Exhibitions
  • Outdoor open at reduced capacity and other restrictions
Tour & Guide Services (e.g. boat tours)
  • Outdoor open with capacity and other restrictions
Construction
  • All construction open
Driving Instruction & Testing
  • Driving testing permitted with restrictions
  • Driving instruction permitted with restrictions
Veterinary services
  • Open
Pet grooming, animal shelters, stables, pet sitters, pet walkers, pet trainers
  • Open
Lawn care & landscaping services
  • Open
Ontario Parks & Campgrounds
  • Open
Marinas / Boating Clubs
  • Permitted with clubhouses, and other indoor amenities closed
Strip clubs
  • Permitted to operate as a restaurant in alignment with restaurant restrictions

STEP THREE (Expected 21 days after Step Two):

Gatherings
  • Larger indoor and outdoor gatherings and organized public events with size limits
Retail
  • Essential and nonessential retail open with capacity limited to permit 2m physical
    distancing
Liquor stores
  • Open with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing
Restaurants & bars
  • Indoor dining with capacity and some other restrictions
  • Outdoor dining with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing
  • Buffets permitted
  • Karaoke permitted with restrictions
Personal care services
  • Open with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing and other restrictions
Sports & recreational fitness facilities
  • Indoor open, with some restrictions
  • Outdoor open, with some restrictions
Personal fitness & training
  • Indoor open, with some restrictions
  • Outdoor open, with some restrictions
Outdoor recreational amenities
  • Open
Water features
  • Indoor and outdoor pools, splash pads, spray pads, whirlpools, wading pools and water slides open with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing
Meeting & event spaces
  • Indoor spaces open with capacity and other restrictions, including for tradeshows, conferences and exhibitions
Day camps
  • Open based on guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health
Overnight camps
  • Open based on guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, including epidemiological context and other specific conditions
Commercial film/TV production
  • Open with capacity restrictions for studio audiences.
  • Distance or equipment requirements for crew, hair and makeup services, and musicians
  • Must comply with industry guidance
  • Post-production, visual effects, animation studios open
Performing arts
  • Indoor open, including live music, with capacity and other restrictions
  • Outdoor open, including live music, with capacity restrictions
Cinemas
  • Indoor open with capacity and other restrictions
  • Outdoor open with capacity and other restrictions
Casino, bingo halls & gaming establishments
  • Open with capacity and other restrictions
Horse racing
  • Open with spectator capacity and other restrictions
Motorsports & speedways
  • Open with spectator capacity and other restrictions
Weddings, funerals & religious services, rites & ceremonies

(Does not apply to receptions)

  • Larger indoor services, rites, and ceremonies
  • Outdoor permitted with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing
Short-term rentals (does not include hotels, motels, lodges, resorts, etc., but DOES APPLY to cabins & cottages)
  • Open
Public libraries
  • Open, with capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing and other restrictions
Museums, Attractions, etc.
  • Museums and art galleries open with  capacity limited to permit 2m physical distancing and other restrictions
  • Indoor zoos and aquariums, waterparks, and amusement parks open with capacity restrictions
Fairs & Rural Exhibitions
  • Indoor and outdoor open at reduced capacity and other restrictions
Tour & Guide Services (e.g. boat tours)
  • Indoor open with capacity and other restrictions
Construction
  • All construction open
Driving Instruction & Testing
  • Driving testing permitted with restrictions
  • Driving instruction permitted with restrictions
Veterinary services
  • Open
Pet grooming, animal shelters, stables, pet sitters, pet walkers, pet trainers
  • Open
Lawn care & landscaping services
  • Open
Ontario Parks & Campgrounds
  • Open
Marinas / Boating Clubs
  • Open with restrictions
Strip clubs
  • Permitted to operate as a strip club in alignment with restaurant and performance restrictions

 

RELATED LINKS:

PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ that are updated as new information becomes available.

A consolidated page for information and updates on the work of the provincial Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force is available at bit.ly/COVIDVaccineUpdates.

Halton Region has also created a dedicated COVID-19 Vaccine webpage at halton.ca/covidvaccines for up to date information on the status of our COVID19 vaccination program.

A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.

To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.

We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.

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2 thoughts on “Ontario’s Stay-at-Home-Order Lifts June 2: What Changes? What Doesn’t?”

  1. Peter W. Sangster

    Marianne Mead Ward,
    We Burlingtonites are Extremely Proud to have you as our Mayor.
    You are doing EXACTLY what you said you would do!
    CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU!
    We as residents cannot thank you enough for recognizing our
    Indigenous Fellow Citizens and showing them OUR SUPPORT.

    1. Hi Peter, this is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. On behalf of Mayor Meed Ward, thank you for the kind words and support. I will be sharing them with the Mayor. Take care and stay safe and healthy out there.

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