County to move to Stage 3 this Friday

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Renfrew County and District will be one of 24 regions permitted to move into Stage 3 of the province’s re-opening plan as of this Friday, July 17.

Premier Doug Ford announced Monday that “nearly all businesses and public spaces” will reopen in Stage 3 “with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place.”

Limits on public gatherings will also be increased, to 50 people for indoor gatherings and 100 people for outdoor gatherings, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

“Our success in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and getting Ontario to a place where we are ready to reopen most of the province is a testament to the hard work of business owners, individuals and families right across the province,” said Premier Ford.

“So many have stepped up and played by the rules, demonstrating that we can restart our economy safely and responsibly.

“Small actions can make a big difference. Now more than ever, we must continue to follow the public health advice to preserve the progress we have made together.”

Public gathering limits will apply to indoor and outdoor events such as community events or gatherings, concerts, live shows, festivals, conferences, sports and recreational fitness activities, fundraisers, fairs, festivals or open houses.

A two metre distance must still be maintained at such events.

The province says some “high-risk places and activities” are deemed not yet safe to open, “due to the likelihood of large crowds congregating, difficulties with physical distancing, or challenges maintaining the proper cleaning and sanitation required to prevent the spread of COVID‑19.”

They include:

  • Amusement parks and water parks
  • Buffet-style food services
  • Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment following specific requirements
  • Overnight stays at camps for children
  • Private karaoke rooms
  • Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports
  • Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars
  • Table games at casinos and gaming establishments.

“With almost all businesses and services able to resume operations, Stage 3 is a major step forward in our plan to reopen the province,” said Minister of Finance Rod Phillips.

“We have to keep treating each other with respect and acting responsibly to keep up the progress in our fight against COVID-19.

“Our government will continue working with our partners across Ontario to rebuild our economy so that our province is a place of economic strength and prosperity for every person and family.”

“Having seen a decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases as the province safely re-started over 90 per cent of economic activity with Stage 2, we now have the confidence to move certain regions into Stage 3, including expanding the size of gatherings indoors and outdoors,” said Minister of Health Christine Elliott.

“As we do, it’s never been more important for all Ontarians to continue to practice physical distancing and wear a face covering when doing so is a challenge, such as safely visiting a favourite local store.

“Together, we’ll continue to move Ontario forward.”

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