Ontario Is Loosening Some Grey Zone Restrictions Starting On Monday

More people can now gather at certain events.
Ontario Grey Zone Rules Are Changing For Some Services
Ontario Editor

Starting on Monday, residents in the grey zone will see a few changes to the rules. 

The Ontario government announced on Friday that they will be loosening restrictions when it comes to gathering limits at funerals, weddings and religious services. 

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Originally, only 10 people were allowed to gather at these events, both indoors and outdoors. 

Now, the government reveals that when indoors, weddings, funerals and religious services can operate at 15 percent total occupancy. 

On top of this, up to 50 people are allowed to attend if held outdoors.  

Organizations have been calling for this change. 

Since the Ontario government put a cap on gathering limits for these services, some organizations have been calling for a change.

Earlier this month, the Archbishop of Toronto, Thomas Cardinal Collins, released a letter that called for looser restrictions for religious services. 

Collins asked to be "treated equitably" after bringing to light that a movie crew could house 50 people in the same location where only 10 were able to gather for a funeral. 

"Next week, a funeral at St. Michael’s Cathedral (capacity 1,500) will be capped at 10 people, while around the corner dozens can enter the local liquor store and thousands will visit the Eaton Centre. This makes no sense," read the statement. 

Other rules in the grey zone will stay the same. 

Despite the new gathering rules for weddings, funerals and religious services, other restrictions will still stay in place.

Retail stores are still able to remain open, but only at a 25 percent capacity. 

Restaurants and bars will remain closed and will continue to only offer services through delivery and takeout. 

Personal services, such as hair salons, are also still closed. 

Allysha Howse
Ontario Editor