May 20. Ontario will permit outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people and allow non-essential retail to operate at 15% capacity starting the week of June 14, contingent on certain vaccination rates being met, the premier said on Thursday.
Canada’s most-populous province has been under lockdown since early April when a third wave of the coronavirus threatened to overwhelm hospital capacity. Step one of a three-step reopening will also include outdoor dining with up to four people per table.
Ford’s government took heavy criticism for reopening too soon in March, which resulted in the punishing third wave.
“The direction of the pandemic has turned and if we’re careful and cautious, we can maintain this momentum,” Dr. Steini Brown, co-chair of Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, said.