On May 14th, the Ontario government announced the retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers who will be permitted to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve as part of the first stage of the government's reopening framework. The government also announced additional seasonal services and activities will be permitted to open as early as Saturday May 16, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., in time for the Victoria Day long weekend, as key public health indicators continue to show progress.
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.
As soon as Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. the following businesses and services may open:
- 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 sport competitions conducted by a recognized national or provincial sport organization. This includes indoor and outdoor non-team sport 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.
For more information, visit the News Release: Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that can Reopen. Additional Seasonal, retail and household businesses must follow public health guidelines.
On May 9th, the Ontario government announced the opening of provincial parks and conservation reserves for limited day-use access. The first areas will open on Monday May 11, 2020, with the remaining areas opening on Friday May 15, 2020. At this time, recreational activities will be limited to walking, hiking, biking and birdwatching. For more, visit the news release from the Ontario Government: Ontario Opening Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves
On May 6th, Ontario announced further easing of restrictions for retail stores and essential construction. The Ontario government is allowing more retail stores to reopen as long as they follow strict health and safety guidelines. The details are as follows:
May 8 at 12:01 a.m. garden centres and nurseries will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases
May 9 at 12:01 a.m. hardware stores and safety supply stores will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases
May 11 at 12.01 a.m. retail stores with a street entrance can provide curbside pick-up and delivery
The government is also allowing below-grade multi-unit residential construction projects to resume work.
For more, visit the news release from the Ontario Government: Ontario Further Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores and Essential Construction During COVID-19.