Region will move to Ontario’s stage two Friday

Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks about stage two during his daily briefing with the media on Monday, June 8, 2020. The region will be among 24 health unit regions that will be able to reopen as part of stage two on Friday. (Premier of Ontario/YouTube via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – The Eastern Ontario Health Unit area will be moving to the next stage of reopening the Ontario economy.

First, Premier Doug Ford announced that the entire province will see gatherings of up to 10 people – an increase from five – starting Friday.

Also, all houses of worship across the province will be allowed to open with social distancing measures in place and a maximum occupancy of 30 per cent of the building’s capacity.

Second, as for the next phase, the EOHU area is among two dozen health unit jurisdictions across the province that will be able to gradually reopen.

The services reopening include:

  • Outdoor dine-in at restaurants and bars, like patios, curbside, parking lots and properties next to establishments.
  • Select personal and personal care services like barber shops, tattoo parlours, hair salons and beauty salons
  • Shopping malls will be under existing restrictions but food courts will be able to offer take-out and outdoor dining only.
  • Tour and guide services such as bus and boat tourism and wine tasting tours.
  • Splash pads, wading pools and swimming pools
  • Camping at private campgrounds
  • Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks
  • Outdoor-only recreational facilities for outdoor team sports where physical distancing can take place
  • Weddings and funerals with limits on social gatherings limited to 10 people.

Stage two doesn’t take effect until 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 12.