Here’s Everything You'll Be Allowed To Do Soon In Ontario When Step Two Starts

Step two of reopening officially begins on June 30.

Here’s Everything You'll Be Allowed To Do Soon In Ontario When Step Two Starts
Toronto Associate Editor

The provincial government has announced that step two of Ontario's reopening plan will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30.

With over 76% of adults vaccinated with one dose and 29% fully vaccinated, the premier says that his government is "proceeding safely with the re-opening of our province and will continue to work around the clock until the job is done."

Step two will increase outdoor gathering and event limits to 25 people and will allow indoor gatherings of up to five. Patio dining will also be increased to six people per table, non-essential retail can operate at 25% capacity and essential retail at 50% capacity.

Meeting and event spaces, cinemas, performing arts, live music events, attractions, and sporting events will all be permitted to open outside at 25% capacity.

Outdoor amusement parks, fairs, festivals and water parks can invite guests back in step two, and Canada's Wonderland has already announced its plans to reopen in the first week of July.

Nail salons, hair salons, and other personal care services where masks can be worn will open back up at 25% capacity and other restrictions, which means Mayor John Tory can finally get his haircut. Shopping malls can reopen as long as indoor seating at food courts remain closed — loitering and congregating inside malls is not permitted.

Other activities permitted during this step will be outdoor karaoke with restrictions in place, and in-person driving lessons. Finally, Ontarians will be able to attend larger indoor religious events including weddings and funerals, as well as overnight camps.

Fitness classes can take place outside for any number of people that can stay three metres apart at all times. Outdoor sports are allowed without contact is allowed with restrictions, but no specific limit on the number of participants.

Some of Ontario's biggest attractions are prepared to open in step two

Calypso Theme Waterpark in Ottawa has announced that it will welcome guests back on July 5. Tickets can only be reserved in advance and capacity will be limited.

Canada's Wonderland is poised to open to the general public just two days later on July 7, followed by Splash Works on July 12. The amusement park has released its list of new policies for visitors, including mandatory health screenings and use of their app with location services on.

Many other outdoor attractions like the Toronto Zoo, Niagara Speedway, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster and the Zipline to the Falls have already opened back up for the summer.

Alex Arsenych
Toronto Associate Editor