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Provincial Reopening Plan: Stage 2, and Stage 1.5

Publish date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 update

This week started with the provincial government announcing which businesses would be able to reopen with new measures in place. The government took a regional approach, announcing that Ontario is ready to enter Stage 2 at 12:01 am on Friday, June 12 with the exception of the GTA (Toronto, Durham, Halton, Peel, York), Haldimand-Norfolk, Hamilton, Niagara, Lambton, and Windsor-Essex, where the number of daily new cases remains steady.

A list of businesses allowed to open in Stage 2 regions »

Still, there will be changes for even those regions excluded from Stage 2, including the limit on social gatherings increasing from 5 to 10 people (when physical distancing, preferably outside), and places of worship will be allowed to open at a 30% capacity.

In addition, child-care centres all over the province will be allowed to reopen, but with strict regulations to try to limit the spread of the illness, including contactless pick ups and drop offs and keeping children and staff in groups of 10 or fewer. As with many places, everyone must be screened for symptoms daily.

The government will be evaluating when excluded regions can also join Stage 2 on a weekly basis.

Although the thought of reopening is exciting, please remember that we are not going ‘back to normal.’ Continue to observe physical distancing measures, including wearing a mask when appropriate. Be respectful of businesses as they choose what capacity is suitable for them to reopen at. Do not travel to places outside of your region, where you risk spreading the illness without realizing. Now is not the time to lose the progress we have made thanks to brave essential workers, including some our own members at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Quality – Ontario, and Public Health Ontario. We are only able to see these relaxations because of months of hard work and dedication. When going about additional daily errands, no matter what stage your region is in, remember President Dave Bulmer’s Friday catch phrase – “One week longer, one week stronger!”

Read A Framework for Reopening our Province »

More about AMAPCEO and our Members: Established in 1992, AMAPCEO is a bargaining agent that represents 14,000 professional and supervisory public servants, most of whom work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions; in 130 communities throughout Ontario and in 12 cities outside Canada. We also represent employees outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario; Health Quality Ontario; the Ontario Arts Council; Public Health Ontario; the Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; and in the former Offices of the Ontario Child Advocate and the French Language Services Commissioner (now part of the Ontario Ombudsman).