Waterloo Region Is Finally Joining The Rest Of Ontario In Step 2 Of Reopening Next Week

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Waterloo Region Finally Moves To Step Two On Monday

The Region of Waterloo has finally announced that it will move into step two of Ontario's reopening plan on July 12 at 12:01 a.m.

The region was left behind as the rest of Ontario moved into step two on June 30, eight days ago.

The region originally delayed its advancement in Ontario's reopening plan due to the circulation of the Delta variant.

"We're working together to push back against the Delta variant, stabilizing our case rates and hospitalizations, while increasing vaccination rates," Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, medical officer of health, stated in a press release . "Continuing to build on this momentum puts Waterloo Region on track not only to move to Step 2 on Monday but will help keep us on track for Step 3."

Step two allows dining on patios with six-person parties, hair cuts, and indoor shopping at limited capacity, according to Ontario's reopening plan.

The guidelines also allow for outdoor events with up to 25 people. Likewise, indoor gatherings of up to five people are permitted under this step.

Currently, Waterloo Region has 315 active COVID-19 cases, and 46.65% of adults in the region are fully vaccinated, while 79.93% of adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Brooke Houghton
Brooke Houghton is a contributing writer for Narcity Media based in Toronto, Ontario.