A statement from the Premier's Office said the current situation in Ontario is "exceeding the best-case scenario" in recent modelling, which indicated that the province would reach below 1,000 new daily infections by June 30. As of Monday, 72 per cent of those 18 and older in the province have received an initial dose.
Hours later, the decision was made official.
In order to safely enter Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen, Ontario needed to have vaccinated 60 per cent of adults with at least one dose for two weeks or longer, ensuring the first dose offers a strong level of protection against COVID-19.
The province's situation is now exceeding the best-case scenario presented in recent modelling, which indicated the province would reach below 1,000 new daily infections by June 30, 2021, according to the release.
Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are also permitted and more retail businesses can open for in-person sales with capacity restrictions. This stage focuses primarily on allowing outdoor activities to resume and small businesses to open. "We know that they're safer and the same thing with retail establishments, if there's a direct access to the outdoors, that is safer than having people congregate within a mall". In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government has amended Step One to also permit indoor religious services, rites and ceremonies, including wedding and funeral services limited to 15 per cent capacity. Day camps, campsites and campgrounds are also allowed to reopen, and outdoor religious ceremonies can take place, with physical distancing measures in place. But, sports games are not allowed.
Concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open outdoors for the goal of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 performers, among other restrictions.
Ontario will enter the first stage of its reopening plan on Friday, a few days ahead of schedule as the province continues to see vaccination rates rise and health indicators improve. "We must all remain vigilant, as the fight against COVID-19 is not over".