Most of Ontario enters first stage of reopening, loosening COVID-19 restrictions
Outdoor dining and shopping at non-essential retail stores can resume in most of Ontario today as the province enters the first stage of its economic reopening plan.
New COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have dropped in recent weeks, allowing the province to loosen some pandemic restrictions.
Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people and patio dining of up to four people per table are among the activities now permitted.
Non-essential stores can also reopen, with capacity limits, and outdoor fitness classes are allowed.
More restrictions will loosen after 21 days if pandemic indicators continue to improve and more people get vaccinated.
One region in northern Ontario, the Porcupine health unit, will hold off on easing restrictions for now as infections soar.