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Thursday, 20 May 2021 20:24

Ontario Releases Three-Step Roadmap to Safely Reopen the Province

This afternoon the Ontario government released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators. 

Effective (this Saturday) May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. the province will reopen outdoor recreational amenities with restrictions in place, including, but are not limited to:
•             Golf courses and driving ranges,
•             Soccer and other sports fields,
•             Tennis and basketball courts,
•             Skate parks. 
 
No outdoor sports or recreational classes are permitted. Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events will be expanded to five people.  All other public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will remain in effect.
 
The province will remain in each step 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 following vaccination thresholds have been met, along with positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators, then the province will move to the next step:
 
•             Step 1: 60 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose – we are currently at 58%.
•             Step 2: 70 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20 per cent vaccinated with two doses.
•             Step 3: 70 to 80 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25 per cent vaccinated with two doses.
 
Roadmap to Reopen
 
Based on current trends in key health indicators, including the provincial vaccination rate, the government expects to enter Step One of the Roadmap the week of June 14, 2021. The province will confirm closer to the expected start of Step One.
The provincewide emergency brake restrictions remain in effect while the province assesses when it will be moving to Step One of the roadmap with the Stay at Home order expiring on June 2, 2021. 
 
At this time, publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools in the province will continue to operate under teacher-led remote learning.
 
Click here for the full press release