Yesterday, the Province announced that Halton Region will be entering Stage 2 this Friday (June 19) in Ontario’s phased reopening.
As City staff work on the safety procedures and protocols that need to be put into place for City services and facilities, more details will be shared with the public.
In the meantime, here is what we know so far.
WHAT WILL BE ALLOWED TO REOPEN IN STAGE 2?
As of 12:01 a.m. on June 19, the following businesses, services, recreational and outdoor facilities will
be allowed to reopen in Halton region with proper safety measures in place:
- Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties;
- Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons;
- Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only;
- Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries;
- Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools;
- Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks;
- Camping at private campgrounds;
- Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing;
- Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations;
- Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing.
|WORKPLACE / PUBLIC SPACE||CHANGE IN EFFECT IN STAGE 2|
|Libraries||Libraries can provide limited on-site services & programs.|
|Community centres||Community centres can re-open provided they comply with certain conditions including keeping communal kitchens and interior dining spaces closed.|
|Gatherings in vehicles for religious services, rites & ceremonies||No limit on the number of vehicles that can attend provided that conditions in Sect. 8 of Provincial Reg. 52/20 are met.|
|Performing Arts and Cinemas||Concert venues, theatres and cinemas remain closed (except for drive-ins).|
Food and beverages can only be sold to people in attendance at the drive-in cinema / drive-in or drive-through concert, theatrical production, performance or artistic event, if they are delivered directly to the vehicle.
|Indoor and outdoor water amenities||All pools can open (no waterparks).|
|Outdoor recreational activities & attractions||Outdoor activities and attractions can open. No high contact with surfaces or being physically close.|
|Outdoor team sports training||Team sport training can resume while staying physically distant (NO SCRIMMAGES OR GAMES). Access to amenities limited to equipment management and washrooms.|
|Private & provincial parks/campgrounds||Car and RV camping can resume. Limited access to comfort stations (washrooms only).|
|Beach access and some services at Provincial parks||Beach access at Ontario parks is permitted. Services and programming can resume with modified operations.|
|WORKPLACE / PUBLIC SPACE||CHANGE IN EFFECT IN STAGE 2|
|Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, provincial agencies and outdoor heritage institutions||Facilities can open, no interactive/high-contact exhibits, no amusement parks and conference centres.|
|Tour and guide services||Indoor and outdoor tour and guide services can resume.|
|Film and TV production||All film and TV production activities can resume.|
|Commercial, industrial, portrait, aerial, special event photography services||All photography studios and services can open.|
|Personal services||Businesses primarily engaged in providing other personal services and personal/household goods repair and maintenance can open with 2-metre physical distancing.|
|Personal care services (hair, aesthetic services)||Can open — no face services|
|Shopping centres||Malls and markets can open. Dine-in at indoor food courts and entertainment amenities NOT PERMITTED.|
|Outdoor dine-in for restaurants, bars and other foods services||Restaurants, bars, food trucks and other food and drink establishments can open for dining in outdoor areas only (for example: patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent premises).|
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT CAN GATHER FOR DIFFERENT EVENTS?
|WORKPLACE / PUBLIC SPACE||CHANGE IN EFFECT AS OF JUNE 12|
|Social gatherings||Permitted with no more than 10 people (increase from 5).|
|Organized public events||Permitted with no more than 10 people, including a parade (increase from 5).|
|Indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites or ceremonies||Permitted with conditions, including limited indoor capacity (for example, cannot exceed 30% of the maximum capacity of any particular room in the building or structure).|
|Outdoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites or ceremonies||Permitted with conditions, including cannot go over maximum of 50 people in attendance|
|Child care||Licensed child-care centres can reopen and emergency child-care services end.|
|Summer day camps||Day camps can open with modified operations, no overnight stays.|
NOTE: Community centres or facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities can also open province-wide, if used exclusively by summer day camps.
|Training centres / training delivery agents||Certification, licensing and training programs, including apprenticeships, can resume.|
|Post-secondary education institutions||Post-secondary education institutions: universities, colleges, Indigenous Institutes, private career colleges and private universities can reopen effective Thursday, July 2, 2020.|
WHAT ARE SOCIAL CIRCLES & HOW DO THEY DIFFER FROM RULE OF 10?
The Province of Ontario is encouraging residents to establish social circles.
The rules for social circles are different from the Rule of 10. Social gatherings can be any 10 people from outside your household, but where physical distancing of at least 2 metres should be maintained.
People may now establish a family or social circle of no more than 10 people who can interact with one another without physical distancing. This could include:
- hugging, carpooling, enjoying a patio and sharing a meal without staying two metres apart.
Social circles will also bring back supports from people outside of their household who can now help with children, seniors or those in need.
Click these links for more details:
- Ontario Media Release: Ontarians Encouraged to Establish Social Circles
- How to Safely Create Your Social Circle
WHAT WORKPLACES OR PUBLIC SPACES ARE STILL CLOSED PROVINCEWIDE?
- Performing arts shows and cinemas (beyond drive-in);
- Casinos and charitable gaming venues and activities;
- Indoor dine-in for food establishments;
- Gyms, indoor sports facilities, fitness facilities, and fitness/dance studios (unless for the purpose of operating summer day camps);
- Real estate open houses;
- Horse racing with spectators; and
- Amusement parks and waterparks.
Large public gatherings, such as concerts, large festivals and fairs, night clubs and sporting events, continue to be restricted for now by the Province.
REGIONAL OPEN SPACES
On June 8, 2020, the Province announced that it is moving forward with a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening the province. Effective June 12, 2020, the limit on social gatherings increased from five to 10 people across the province, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2.
Regional staff examined the potential for reopening a number of open space types and as a result have undertaken the following reopenings to occur during the week of June 15, 2020:
- The Millennium Garden at Halton Regional Centre is reopening.
- The Courtyards at Long-Term Care Homes at the following sites are reopening:
- Allendale Long Term Care Home
- Creekway Village Long Term Care Home
- Post Inn Village Long Term Care Home
- The Outdoor Allotment Gardens at the following Halton Community Housing Corporations (HCHC) sites are reopening:
- The Outdoor Picnic Sites/Shelters/Benches/Gazebos at the following HCHC sites are reopening:
- Margaret & Maurice Drive
- 708/710 Brant Street
- 2301 Sheridan Garden Drive
- 271 Kerr Street
- 5250 Pinedale Avenue
- 1220 Glen Valley Road
- 2250 Golden Briar Trail
- 2021-2031 Merchants Gate
- 17 Elizabeth Drive
- 46 Holmesway Place
- 3 Hyde Park Drive
- 8 Durham Street
- 11 Sargent Road
- 111 Ontario Street
- 40 Ontario Street South
- 189 Ontario Street South
- 410 John Street
- 4100 Longmoor Drive
- 540 Plains Road, East
Regional staff have also examined the potential for reopening Basketball Courts, Playgrounds and Halton Community Housing Cooling Centres. These open space types will remain closed at this time. Reopening of these spaces will occur in coordination with the Local Municipalities.
As open spaces reopen, signage will be in place that includes Public Health recommended directions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Province Adds Halton to List of Regions Entering Stage 2 Starting Friday
- Region of Halton Media Release on Entering Stage 2
- Restaurant Re-openings & Patio Permissions
- Burlington prepares to reopen pools, arenas, sports fields, camps when provincial orders lifted; Lowville Park to reopen
- Halton Mayors, Chair send joint letter to Premier on Phase 2 reopening
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 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.
HELPFUL RESOURCES & RELATED LINKS:
- Community questions and requests regarding City of Burlington services can be directed to Service Burlington by phone at 903-335-7777, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online.
- For further COVID-19 information, including where to get tested, please visit Halton Region Public Health halton.ca/coronavirus
- Residents can stay informed at burlington.ca/coronavirus as well as on our social media channels: @cityburlington on Twitter and facebook.com/cityburlington
- Questions about the cancellation of Recreation programs can be directed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-335-7738
- City of Burlington: www.burlington.ca/coronavirus
- Resources for Residents & Non-Profit Organizations: www.burlington.ca/covid19resources.
- Halton Region: www.halton.ca/coronavirus
- Government of Ontario: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
- Provincial Emergency Orders: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200052
- Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
- World Health Organization: www.who.int
- Joseph Brant Hospital: josephbranthospital.ca/covid-19
- Team Burlington Business Supports: burlingtonchamber.com/team-burl-supporting-burl-business-during-covid-19/
- Burlington Food Bank: call 905-637-CARE (2273), or visit burlingtonfoodbank.ca
- Food for Life: call 905-635-1106 and press 7, or visit foodforlife.ca
- Canadian Mental Health Association – Halton Branch: call 289-291-5396, or visit halton.cmha.ca