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On July 29, 2020, the Ontario Government announced that, as of this Friday, July 31, the City of Toronto and Peel Region will be able to proceed to Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan.

As of July 31, 2020, Windsor-Essex will be the only region in the province remaining in Stage 2.

Under Stage 3, many more businesses will be allowed to reopen with strict health and safety measures in place, including indoor dine-in restaurants, gyms, and movie theatres. Limits on social gatherings will also increase to 50 people in indoor spaces and 100 people in outdoor spaces, subject to physical distancing requirements.

For more details about permitted businesses and activities under Stage 3, as well as required safety measures, and continued restrictions, please see our recent article. Businesses that are unable to open or fully resume activities due to continued Stage 3 restrictions, and those that have ideas to safely amend Stage 3 restrictions, can submit reopening proposals for consideration by public health officials.

Employers should be aware of their enhanced health and safety obligations as they prepare for reopening or continue to reopen their workplaces under Stage 3.

This blog is provided as an information service and summary of workplace legal issues. This information is not intended as legal advice.