The Ontario government announced that the province is taking the next step in the gradual reopening of the province. Twenty-four public health units will enter Stage 3 on Friday July 17, 2020. Details on the Stage 3 re-opening framework were provided by Premier Doug Ford, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Minister of Finance Rod Phillips and Minister of Education Stephen Lecce.
The reopening will again take a regional approach and is only possible because of the declining number of COVID-19 cases in the provinces and the declining number of hospitalizations. Stage 3 is a further step toward economic recovery because it will see 99% of businesses in those regions able to open. These regions will see dine in restaurants, bars, gyms and studios, live shows and cinemas, casinos, teams sports, recreational spaces and activities and tour & guide services to open subject to proper health and safety measures, as well as increased limits on gathering sizes. The provincial Framework for Reopening our Province: Stage 3 outlines the details. Stage 3, however, does not see an expansion of social circle; it is maintained at a maximum of 10 people.