Ontario is set to move to Step three on Friday, July 16, 2021. This is due to further improvement to key health indicators and a consistent decline in Covid numbers across the Province. “Thanks to the tireless efforts of our frontline heroes, and the ongoing commitment of Ontarians to get vaccinated, we have surpassed the targets we set in order to enter Step Three of our Roadmap,” said Premier Doug Ford.

What’s opening in Step 3:

25 people are allowed for Indoor social gatherings and organized public events

Real estate open houses with capacity limited to the number of people

Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancing;

Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions;

Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, casinos/bingo halls, amusement parks, fairs, festivals, with capacity limited to not exceed 50 percent capacity indoors and 75 percent capacity outdoors;

Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two meters;

For more details, your can visit the Ontario website.

The province has reported less than 200 cases, seventh day in a row which is a clear sign that the 3rd wave is slowing down. While the rest of the world including Europe and USA is seeing surge in Covid number, Canada so far has successfully managed to keep the numbers low thanks to one of the toughest lockdown in the world. A number of countries in Europe including France, the Netherlands, Greece and Spain announced new restrictions on Monday in a bid to curb the rise in infections, particularly among younger people who are the last in the queue to be vaccinated against Covid. Cases began to surge again in the middle of June after a long decline, propelled by the Delta variant and more socializing among younger groups.