Ontario Premier Doug Ford has officially announced the next steps of reopening Ontario. Ford says on Saturday (May 16th) Golf courses, marinas, campgrounds, private parks, and those that board animals can reopen. Ford says on Tuesday (May 19th) retail stores, not in a mall can open and all construction can resume. Ford says this means sports fields, off-leash dog parks, vets, pet grooming (by appointment only), and other health and medical services can reopen.
The Premier adds these businesses should only open if they are ready to do so. Ford says we will enter Phase One of the reopening of the province on Tuesday. Get more details online here.
As soon as 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020:
- Golf courses will be able to open, with clubhouses open only for washrooms and restaurants open only for take-out.
- Marinas, boat clubs, and public boat launches may open for recreational use.
- Private parks and campgrounds may open to enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract.
- Businesses that board animals, such as stables, may allow boarders to visit, care for, or ride their animal.
Ontario’s first stage of reopening will begin on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. and will include:
- Retail services that are not in shopping malls and have separate street-front entrances with measures in place that can enable physical distancing, such as limiting the number of customers in the store at any one time and booking appointments beforehand or on the spot.
- Seasonal businesses and recreational activities for individual or single competitors, including training and sports competitions conducted by a recognized national or provincial sport organization. This includes indoor and outdoor non-team sports competitions that can be played while maintaining physical distancing and without spectators, such as tennis, track and field, and horse racing.
- Animal services, specifically pet care services, such as grooming and training, and regular veterinary appointments.
- Indoor and outdoor household services that can follow public health guidelines, such as housekeepers, cooks, cleaning, and maintenance.
- Lifting essential workplace limits on construction.
- Allowing certain health and medical services to resume, such as in-person counseling and scheduled surgeries based on the ability to meet pre-specified conditions as outlined in A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as resuming professional services such as shifting Children’s Treatment Centres from virtual to in-person.
Original source news source was: 96.1 Renfrew Today