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Region enters Stage 3 Friday

Gyms and theatres included in Stage 3 reopening

The province has announced more region’s will be moving into Stage 3 this Friday – including Durham.

This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and is based on positive local trends of key public health indicators, including lower or low transmission of COVID-19, ongoing hospital capacity, public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management, and a significant increase in testing.

Durham Regional Chair John Henry released a statement as the region now heads into Stage 3.

“In Stage 3, residents can dine in at their favourite restaurants; catch a movie on the big screen; work out at a gym, fitness or yoga studio; or possibly, return to their desk in an office building. But, large public gatherings—such as concerts and sporting events—are still currently unavailable,” says Henry.

“Although we are now moving into Stage 3, residents are reminded to continue following public health practices. Wearing a mask while in a commercial establishment, practise physical distancing, wash your hand frequently, and stay home when you are sick. In this stage, the province still has the authority to apply or tighten public health measures, if/when required.”

Alongside Durham Region, six others will be heading into Stage 3, including:

– Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit;

– Halton Region Health Department;

– Hamilton Public Health Services;

– Lambton Health Unit;

– Niagara Region Public Health Department; and

– York Region Public Health Services.

Ontario will continue to assess trends in the public health indicators to determine when these final public health unit regions can progress to Stage 3. The Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health experts also continue to closely monitor the evolving situation to advise when public health restrictions can be further loosened or if they need to be tightened.

Businesses not able to open or resume full activities due to Stage 3 restrictions, or businesses that have ideas to safely amend Stage 3 restrictions or requirements, can visit Ontario.ca/reopen to submit a reopening proposal. Government and public health officials will review proposals and contact businesses for feedback or clarifications. Proposals may inform the potential loosening of restrictions as Stage 3 progresses. Proposals will receive initial feedback within 10 days of submission. A sector could be allowed to reopen or resume Stage 3 activities based on proposals submitted by businesses.

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