Ontario will move to the third step of its summer reopening plan on July 16, reopening indoor dining, indoor fitness activity, cinemas and nightclubs for the first time in months, but capacity restrictions will remain until August.
The Ford cabinet met on Friday morning to confirm the measures, which will allow indoor dining to resume across the province (except in Waterloo Region) with capacity limited to the number of people who can maintain physical distancing of two metres.
The relaxed measures will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday morning, the government said in a news release.
They also confirmed the existence of a fourth step in the reopening plan, where “the vast majority of public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity limits for indoor and outdoor settings and limits for social gatherings, will be lifted.”
They say Ontario will remain in Step 3 for at least 21 days, and until 80 per cent of Ontarians 12+ have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received a second.
As of Friday, 78 per cent of Ontarians age 12 and up have received a first dose and 50 per cent have received a second.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore said it’s important that as many people get vaccinated this summer as is possible to prevent a fall resurgence.