Back to normal — or something like it. Peel will push forward to Stage Three of the province’s reopening plans amid lowered case counts, beginning Friday morning (July 16) at 12:01 a.m. Under the new framework, several services will be reopening, including indoor dining with capacity limits and distancing, indoor events for up to 25 people, increased limits on outdoor gatherings and indoor sports activities.
Additionally, capacity limits for essential and non-essential retail will increase, and concert venues, theatres and festivals, among other activities, will reopen with capacity limits. Representatives from all three municipalities in Peel welcomed the reopening this week. “Moving into Stage 3 comes as a welcomed relief to our community,” said Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson said Tuesday.
“I can’t thank our healthcare and frontline heroes enough for their tireless dedication over the last year and a half.” While masks and physical distancing will continue to be required inside most businesses, the move to the Stage Three framework will provide more leeway with personal care and dining services.
The province will stay in the Stage 3 framework for at least three weeks, as the province continues to monitor case counts, though further changes are contingent upon vaccine targets outlined by the province, including second doses of COVID-19 vaccines delivered to 75 per cent of the province or more.
“Upon meeting these thresholds, the vast majority of public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity limits for indoor and outdoor settings and limits for social gatherings, will be lifted,” the province said in a release last week.