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Coronavirus: What's allowed to reopen in Ontario starting Tuesday

Last Updated May 19, 2020 at 12:17 pm EDT

Empty shops and restaurants in the Distillery District. Many businesses were forced to close down due to the coronavirus pandemic in May 2020. (FILE/CITYNEWS/Tony Fera)
Summary

Ontario is set to enter its first stage of reopening on Tuesday


Workplaces can begin to reopen, but working from home should continue as much as possible


Most retail stores that have a street entrance can reopen with physical distancing restrictions


Ontario is set to enter its first stage of reopening on Tuesday including lifting restrictions on retail stores and surgeries. Below is a list of businesses, services, and other sectors that are allowed to re-open:

Construction and workplaces

  • Workplaces can begin to reopen, but working from home should continue as much as possible
  • All construction can resume
  • Limits will be lifted on maintenance, repair and property management services, such as cleaning, painting, and pool maintenance

Retail

  • Most retail stores that have a street entrance can reopen with physical distancing restrictions, such as limits on the number of customers in a store and providing curbside pickup and delivery

Recreation

  • Golf courses can reopen, though clubhouses can only open for washrooms and take-out food
  • Marinas, boat clubs, and public boat launches can also open
  • Private parks and campgrounds for trailers and RVs whose owners have a full season contract
  • Businesses that board animals

Businesses and services

  • Regular veterinary appointments
  • Pet grooming, pet sitting, and pet training
  • Libraries for pickup or deliveries (Note: The Toronto Public Library doesn’t have a curbside plan so branches are not open)
  • Housekeepers and babysitters can return to work

 

Ontario has previously announced that publicly funded schools will be closed until at least May 31.