In this series, we’ll be providing Ontario public health and health care updates on the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on to learn more about COVID-19 vaccination, COVID-19 response, and all COVID-19 information.
Thanks to the ongoing success of Ontario’s vaccine rollout and continuing improvements in key public health and health system indicators, our government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will move the province into Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.
This was a true Team Ontario effort and we are incredibly thankful for the enormous sacrifices made by individuals, families and communities across Ontario throughout the pandemic.
Step One of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of more outdoor activities with smaller crowds where risk of transmission is lower. It will also permit more limited indoor settings to be open, all with restrictions in place.
Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen includes but is not limited to:
- Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people;
- Outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, capped at the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
- Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at 15 per cent capacity of the particular room;
- Non-essential retail permitted at 15 per cent capacity with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
- Essential and other select retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
- Outdoor dining with up to 4 people per table, with exceptions for larger households;
- Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual/team sport training to be permitted with up to 10 people, among other restrictions;
- Day camps for children permitted to operate in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
- Campsites, campgrounds and short-term rentals;
- Outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with up to 10 people and other restrictions;
- Outdoor horse racing tracks and motor speedways permitted to operate without spectators; and
- Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity and other restrictions.
In order to safely enter Step One, Ontario needed to have vaccinated 60% of adults with at least one dose for two weeks or longer, ensuring the first dose offers a strong level of protection against COVID-19, as well as continued improvement in key public health and health system indicators.
- As of June 6, 72% of Ontario adults aged 18 and over have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- From May 25 to 31, the provincial case rate decreased by 35.1%.
- As of June 6, the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs is 497, including 31 patients from Manitoba, as compared to 687 two weeks ago.
- The province’s situation is currently exceeding the best-case scenario presented in recent modelling, which indicated the province would reach below 1,000 new daily infections by June 30, 2021.
The province will remain in Step One for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. If at the end of the 21 days the province has vaccinated 70% of adults with one dose and 20% of adults with two doses and there are continued improvements in other key public health and health system indicators, the province will move to Step Two of the Roadmap.
While we have reached the point where we can safely move into Step One of the Roadmap, starting with the settings we know are safest, now is not the time to get complacent. It remains critical for all Ontarians to continue following all public health advice and roll up their sleeves to receive the vaccine
Ontario continues to expand eligibility to book an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine to even more Ontarians, with a focus on protecting those most at risk.
A stable and reliable increase in vaccine supply to Ontario is enabling our government to further expand eligibility to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment throughout the week of May 10.
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