By Arshia Alexander
Ontario- With Covid-19 cases decreasing by 35.1 percent during May 25 to 31 and 72 percent of the +18 population being vaccinated with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, Ontario is now planning to enter the first step of re-opening the province. The re-opening road map is designed in three steps, meaning as more people being vaccinated, Ontario will move to the next steps of re-opening.
The first phase focuses more on lifting restrictions on outdoor activities, and some indoor activities are limited to 15 percent capacity and will increase to 25 percent as the province moves to phase two of re-opening.
The first phase allows outdoor gathering of up to 10 people, outdoor dining with up to four people per table, non-essential retail at 15% capacity, religious services, rites and ceremonies indoors at 15% capacity and outdoors with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres, outdoor sports training (no games or practices), fitness classes and personal training up to 10 people, day camps and overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks and.
21 days from each phase of re-opening, Ontario will continue to move to the following steps of the roadmap only if the province continues improving key public health and health system indicators.
Despite the re-opening plan, health officials are asking the public to continue following the Covid-19 safety measures,
“While we have reached the point where we can safely move into Step One, now is not the time to get complacent. We must all remain vigilant, as the fight against COVID-19 is not over. By continuing to follow public health advice and measures, we can continue to reduce transmission, safeguard health system capacity and save lives.” said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.