As COVID-19 cases continue across Canada, some provinces are taking matters into their own hands by enforcing stricter rules and more safety measures in select regions.
Unfortunately for us, this means personal care services including our barbershops are being ordered to temporarily shut down still…
Here’s the rundown:
Premier Doug Ford announced that the province’s stay-at-home order will expire on June 2nd, and the Ontario government is also putting together a three-step reopening plan that will likely begin the week of June 14th. The province will remain in each step for at least 21 days. In Step 2, which will commence once 70 per cent of adults are vaccinated with their first dose and 20 per cent are fully vaccinated, personal care services such as hair salons, barbershops and nail salons will be allowed to open—which is expected to be on July 5.
“Roadmap to Reopen outlines three steps to easing public health measures, guided by the following principles:
- Step One An initial focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds where the risk of transmission is lower, and permitting retail with restrictions. This includes allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, outdoor dining with up to four people per table and non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity.
- Step Two Further expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn. This includes outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, outdoor sports and leagues, overnight camps, personal care services where face coverings can be worn and with capacity limits, as well as indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 per cent capacity.
- Step Three Expanding access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn. This includes indoor sports and recreational fitness; indoor dining, museums, art galleries and libraries, and casinos and bingo halls, with capacity limits.
The province will remain in each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. If at the end of the 21 days, the following vaccination thresholds have been met, along with positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators, then the province will move to the next step:
Step 1: 60 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose.
Step 2: 70 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20 per cent vaccinated with two doses.
Step 3: 70 to 80 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25 per cent vaccinated with two doses.”
So, we are hopefully able to reopen July 5th. We will update when we know more more, and we can’t wait to see you again soon!