Ontario Opens More Businesses and Services in Halton Region

June 15, 2020

Oakville North-Burlington – MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos today announced that the Ontario Government will be getting more people back to work and reopening more services and recreational activities as it moves Halton Region to Stage 2 in its plan to reopen Ontario.

Based on the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts, restrictions are being eased in a region-by-region approach by the government where it is safe to do so. These decisions are based on trends of key public health indicators such as lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals, and progress made in testing. The reopening is effective Friday, June 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.

Businesses and services permitted to reopen with proper health and safety measures in place in regions entering Stage 2 include:

  • Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties;
  • Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons;
  • Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only;
  • Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries;
  • Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools;
  • Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks;
  • Camping at private campgrounds;
  • Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing;
  • Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations;
  • Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing; and
  • Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.

Employers who need advice on safely reopening their businesses can find out more at ontario.ca/COVIDsafety. Working with health and safety associations, the government has provided more than 100 health and safety guidance documents for businesses in multiple sectors.

Quotes from Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP:

“The Ontario Government was able to announce today the reopening of more businesses and services in Oakville North-Burlington and Halton Region because of the hard work of frontline workers, essential services and people in the community who worked together to stop the spread of COViD-19.”

“In consultations over the past weeks with local small businesses in Oakville North-Burlington, they’ve told me they are ready to reopen and prepared to do safely, protecting their staff and customers.”

“Entering Stage 2 of the Ontario Government’s reopening plan means more people in our community will be able to return to work and get back together with friends and family. These are encouraging steps, but we must all continue to follow public health advice and practice social distancing.”

Quick Facts

  • At the beginning of each week, the government is providing an update on the ongoing assessment of Ontario’s regions, and whether they are ready to move into Stage 2 at the end of the week.
  • To get tested, people should visit Ontario’s website to find their local assessment centre and whether they need to call ahead to make an appointment.
  • The province has developed a practical step-by-step guide to help Ontarians as they safely develop and join a social circle