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On June 24, 2021, the Ontario government announced that the province will enter Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen two days earlier than expected, at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Under Step Two, the following is permitted to operate:

  • essential and other select retail at 50% capacity;
  • non-essential retail at 25% capacity;
  • personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times and with other restrictions, at 25% capacity; and
  • overnight camps for children, so long as they operate consistently with the safety guidelines provided by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

A number of other restrictions will be eased under Step Two. The province’s announcement along with a full list of permitted activities under Step Two can be found here.

The province may remain in Step Two for 21 days to evaluate any impacts on public health. However, Ontario has already surpassed the vaccination targets required for Step Three. You can find our blog post on the province’s three-step Roadmap to Reopen here.

Employers should continue to pay close attention to the latest public health restrictions to understand how they affect their business. If you have any questions about what the current restrictions mean for your business, please contact our team.