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Ontario’s COVID-19 Guidelines for Reopening Non-essential Businesses

Anthea Business Development

As Ontario continues to allow more non-essential businesses to reopen as part of its COVID-19 framework for reopening the province, it’s important to stay in the know on how your organization is affected and what guidelines you should follow to remain legally compliant.

THE THREE PHASE RECOVERY PLAN

Ontario’s COVID-19 framework for reopening the province is composed of three phases.

  • Phase 1 focused on protecting and supporting the province.
  • Phase 2 focuses on loosening emergency measures and reopening the economy by opening more workplaces and outdoor spaces, as well as allowing some larger gatherings.
  • Phase 3 will focus on transitioning to the “new normal” by reopening all workplaces responsibly and creating jobs and opportunities aimed at restoring long‑term prosperity for Ontarians.

Organizations will begin reopening at Phase 2, and will be broken down into three stages.

STAGE 1

Considerations:

  • Opening select non-essential workplaces that can modify operations to meet public and occupational health and safety requirements
  • Opening some outdoor spaces and allowing for a greater number of individuals to attend certain events
  • Continued protections for vulnerable populations
  • Allowing hospitals to offer some non-urgent and scheduled surgeries, and other health care services

STAGE 2

Considerations:

  • Opening more workplaces such as service industries, offices and retail workplaces
  • Opening more outdoor spaces and allowing some larger public gatherings
  • Continued protections for vulnerable populations and significant mitigation plans to limit health risks

STAGE 3

Considerations:

  • Opening all workplaces responsibly
  • Further relaxing the restrictions on public gatherings while still restricting large public gatherings such as concerts and sporting events