KFL&A region to move into Stage 3 of reopening

Premier Doug Ford briefs Ontario on the move towards Stage 3 of the Provincial Framework for Reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ontario Provincial Government has released a list of the businesses and activities that can resume operation as part of Stage 3 of the provincial reopening. The Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington(KFL&A) Public Health unit is among the regions in Ontario allowed to move into Stage 3 this Friday, Jul. 17, 2020.

According to the Provincial Government, Stage 3 will see “nearly all businesses and public spaces” able to gradually reopen, with Public Health and workplace safety restrictions in place.

The following business and activities are not permitted to resume as part of Stage 3 reopening on Friday.

  • Amusement parks and water parks
  • Overnight camps for children
  • Dancing at restaurants and bars
  • Private karaoke
  • Table games at casinos
  • Buffet service dining
  • Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports
  • Oxygen bars, bath houses, steam rooms and saunas

Virtually all other business and activities can resume operation, with public health restrictions, notably:

  • Dine-in service at restaurants
  • Gyms, fitness studios, community centres
  • Playgrounds
  • Nightclubs, for the service of food and drinks only (all patrons must be seated)

Indoor gatherings must be limited to 50 people, and outdoor gatherings must be limited to 100. On-site staff at an event do not count towards the total number of people in attendance. Physical distancing of two metres is still required for people from different households, or social bubbles of 10.

The Provincial Government framework notes that Phase 3 does not mark the end to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“Ontario has made tremendous progress in the ongoing fight against COVID-19, thanks to the sacrifice and hard work of frontline heroes and volunteers, and the personal responsibility shown by the people of the province,” the report reads. “Stage 3 does not mean that the fight against this deadly virus is over — far from it. Everyone must continue to be vigilant and follow Public Health advice and workplace safety guidelines. “

Samantha Butler-Hassan, Local Journalism Initiative

Samantha Butler-Hassan is a staff writer and life-long Kingston resident. She is a news junkie and mom who loves reading and exploring the community. This article has been made possible with the support of the Local Journalism Initiative.

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