WHAT THE THIRD STAGE OF REOPENING MEANS FOR BARRIE

The majority of Ontario has been given the green light to enter Stage 3 of reopening this Friday. And that means a plethora of businesses can resume or expand operations.

In Simcoe county, the number of people allowed to get together at one time jumps from 10 to as many as 100. The 100 person limit is permitted as long as social distancing is maintained, and the gathering is outdoors. The 100 limit kicks in as of 12:01 a.m. on July 17.

For indoor gatherings, the new maximum will be 50 people.

But foodies can rejoice, because Stage 3 paves the way for eat-in dining to return.

According to A Framework for Reopening our Province: Stage 3,  all restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments may open for indoor dine-in service.

The framework stipulates that all patrons must be seated when eating or drinking at an eatery. It also states businesses are required to enforce measures to ensure physical distancing between patrons from different tables, unless tables are separated by plexiglass or some kind of barrier.

And while all restaurants are allowed to reopen for dine-in service in Stage 3, buffet-style service is not permitted. Nightclubs don’t qualify either.

Social circles remains capped at 10 individuals province-wide.

If you are thinking about travelling within the province, keep in mind that nearby Toronto is among the 10 regions remaining in Stage 2.  Stage 2 is also staying in place in Durham, Hamilton, Halton, Peel, Niagara, York, and the Windsor-Essex regions.

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