Stage 3 to Reopen Almost All Businesses and Public Spaces

Published on: 2020/07/13 - in News

Nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 of the province’s reopening framework, with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place, the Ontario government announced today.

However, a number of high-risk places and activities have been determined still unsafe to open, based on the likelihood of difficulties with physical distancing, large crowds congregating, or problems related to maintaining proper cleaning and sanitation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Areas and activity-related scenarios that will remain closed during Stage 3 include amusement parks and water parks; buffet-style food services; dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment following specific requirements; overnight stays at camps for children; private karaoke rooms; prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports; saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars; and table games at casinos and gaming establishments.

All other businesses and public spaces will be allowed to reopen, with appropriate health and safety measures are in place in addition to limits on gathering sizes.

Business and Workplaces can find guidance in reopening with KFL&A Public Health’s sector-specific information to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Kingston Economic Development has also provided a list of local suppliers and contractors (pdf) that will assist in obtaining proper supplies for a safe reopening.

For additional information, read “A Framework for Reopening our Province” (pdf) from the Ontario government.

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