In order to safely enter Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen, Ontario needed to have vaccinated 60 per cent of adults with at least one dose for two weeks or longer, ensuring the first dose offers a strong level of protection against COVID-19.
"Thanks to the tremendous efforts of every Ontarian, beginning June 11 we will be able to cautiously lift public health measures in the settings we know are safest", said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott.
All public health and workplace safety measures now in place will remain in effect until the province moves to Step One on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.
"As we begin to enjoy the benefits of the first step in our roadmap, like meeting friends on a patio or visiting your favourite local store, please do so safely by continuing to follow all public health guidelines", Ford said in a statement.
That means Ontario is allowing outdoor gatherings for up to 10 people, outdoor dining for up to 4 people per table at restaurants, essential retail capacity can operate at 25% capacity, non-essential retail at 15%, outdoor religious services can be held, and outdoor sports, fitness and personal training up to 10 people.
Also opening Friday will be day camps, campgrounds, Ontario Parks, motor speedways, outdoor pools and splash pads and wading pools.
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Other public health trends cited in the release include a 35.1 per cent decrease in the provincial case rate and a decline in hospitalizations.
He also asked for greater indoor capacity for more business types and said independent retailers in malls want permission to open.
In Peel Region, the Delta variant is poised to become dominant this month, and experts fear it could spread across the province if it isn't contained. As of Monday, 72 per cent of those 18 and older in the province have received an initial dose. The province will monitor critical public health and health system indicators.
"The numbers are continuing to show steady improvement", Yaffe said. "We must all remain vigilant, as the fight against COVID-19 is not over".
Singh of the NDP also criticized the government for reopening the economy rather than schools. We should be able to hit that second dose target, which is 20%, in time for hopefully a slight reopening early than scheduled. "And many small businesses will need help to reopen after the third wave lockdown", Schreiner said.
At a press conference on Monday, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario's associate chief medical officer of health, stressed that with 525 new COVID-19 cases reported on Monday, that is the lowest daily case count since september 27, 2020.