New Provincial COVID-19 Re-opening Plan (Posted May 21, 2021)
New Provincial COVID-19 Plan Announced May 20, 2021
Today the Province announced plans to gradually reopen using a three-step plan, provided there is alignment with projected vaccination rates and public health advice. The following summarizes these changes, but encourage members to refer to its Roadmap to Reopen for more details:
- 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, 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.
Each stage will last for at least 21 days before the Province contemplates moving to the next stage. The Province expects to enter Step 1 around the week of June 14th based on current projections.
Effective May 22, 2021 at 12:01a.m., the Province will also open amenities including golf courses and driving ranges, soccer and other sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, and skate parks. No outdoor sports or recreational classes are permitted. Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events will be expanded to five people, which will allow these amenities to be used for up to five people, including with members of different households. All other public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will remain in effect.