Ontario to Move to Step One of Roadmap to Reopen on June 11

Published on June 07, 2021

Improvements in Key Indicators Allowing Province to Begin the Safe and Gradual Lifting of Public Health Measures:

MISSISSAUGA — Based on the provincewide vaccination rate and continuing improvements in key public health indicators, MPP Anand is pleased to share that 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.

“A huge shout-out goes to all our residents for rolling up their sleeves and getting vaccinated,” said MPP Deepak Anand. “An even bigger shout-out to the front-line workers who have gone above and beyond while staffing immunization sites at Trillium, Osler, Peel Public Health clinics, and pop-up clinics.”

“Without either of these groups, we would not be where we are today. I am eternally grateful, and encourage everyone to receive their second dose as soon as they are eligible” he concluded.

Step One of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of more outdoor activities with smaller crowds where risk of transmission is lower.

In addition, the government has enabled school boards to permit outdoor, COVID-safe graduation ceremonies for the end of June. Our students have worked so incredibly hard over the last 14 months during COVID-19, and it is only fitting that we congratulate them for their achievements while keeping intact public health measures.

“I’m thrilled to hear that the families of Mississauga-Malton will be able to safely enjoy the outdoors, including increased outdoor gathering limits and outdoor dining,” said MPP Anand. “Our government’s cautious re-opening plan ensures that we don’t regress into a fourth wave, allowing us to enter into a strong recovery while we maintaining new normals.”

In order to safely enter Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen, Ontario needed to have vaccinated 60 per cent 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. This is in addition to other factors being considered, such as ICU capacity, hospitalizations, case counts, and variant-of-concern percentages.

As of June 4, 2021 at 12:00 p.m., 72.4 per cent of the 18+ population in Peel Region had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 5.0% of the same population had received at least two doses. Over 10 million doses have been administered province-wide, including 1.2 million in Peel. Today’s report of 525 COVID-19 cases in the province is the lowest single-day total logged in Ontario since Sept 27.

In order to ensure trends continue in their intended directions, we will remain in Step One for a minimum of 21 days. We will move into Step Two once 20% of adults receive their second dose, in addition to further improvements in key metrics such as case counts and case reproduction numbers.

While we are operating on an accelerated timeline, the following groups are currently eligible for a second dose:

  • Those 70+
  • Those who received their first dose on or prior to April 18th
  • Indigenous adults and their household members
  • High-priority health care workers
  • Those with highest-risk health conditions
  • Those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine, and have waited 12 weeks since their first dose

If you have any questions about the re-opening plan, or would like assistance with booking your first or second dose, please feel free to contact our Office at (905) 696 0367 or at [email protected]

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For a non-exhaustive list of changes occurring in Phase 1, please see below:

  • 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 up to 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 four 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 for COVID-19 produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
  • Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks, and short-term rentals;
  • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open outdoors for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 performers, among 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.

Quotes:

“Thanks to the ongoing success of Team Ontario’s vaccine rollout and the ongoing improvements in public health trends, we are able to enter step one of the Roadmap and begin to safely and cautiously lift restrictions,” said Premier Doug Ford. “The only reason we’re able to do so is because of the enormous sacrifices made by individuals, families and communities across Ontario. As we begin to enjoy the benefits of the first step in our roadmap like meeting friends on a patio or visiting your favourite local store, please do so safely by continuing to follow all public health guidelines.”

“It is extremely important that everyone get their first or second dose as soon as they are eligible,” said MPP Deepak Anand. “Vaccinations provide a strong degree of protection against COVID-19, including its variants.”

“It also reduces the likelihood that you catch the virus and transmit it other people, so by getting the virus, not only are you helping yourself, but also your loved ones and the greater community,” he concluded. 

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