Ontario to Reopen Retail Stores, Restart Surgeries, Select Sports, Pet Grooming, Libraries



Ontario is set to enter its first stage of reopening next Tuesday including lifting restrictions on retail stores, golf driving ranges and tennis courts, surgeries and dog grooming.

In a document released today, the province says Ontario can now gradually begin to open workplaces, but working from home should continue as much as possible.

On Saturday, golf courses, marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches may open for recreational use, private parks and campgrounds, businesses that board animals can reopen.

All construction can resume and limits will be lifted on maintenance, repair and property management services, such as cleaning, painting, and pool maintenance.

Most retail stores that have a street entrance can open with physical distancing restrictions, such as limits on the number of customers in a store, booking appointments and continuing to provide curbside pickup and delivery.

Golf driving ranges will be able to reopen, and sports that can be played with physical distancing will be allowed, including tennis, track and field, gymnastics, figure skating, and horse racing.

Some scheduled surgeries will restart, as well as in-person counselling such as psychology or addictions counselling.

Other businesses and services included in the stage one reopening include regular veterinary appointments, pet grooming, pet sitting and pet training; libraries for pickup or deliveries; and housekeepers and babysitters.

Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2020.

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