Introduction of Social Circles
The Ontario government is allowing people anywhere in the province to build "social circles" of up to 10 people that can include family and friends.
For now, a person can only be a part of one circle, in order to limit contact while still allowing individuals to see more of their family members or close contacts. Other provinces have referred to this as expanding social "bubbles," but the concept is essentially the same.
Within any given circle, social distancing measures are not necessary, meaning members can do things like hug or kiss.
Beginning of Stage 2
Many Ontario Public Health Regions are beginning stage 2 of reopening businesses today.
In areas allowed to begin stage 2, reopening includes but is not limited to - restaurants and bars reopening outdoor eating areas, hairdressers, tattoo and piercing studios and other personal services reopening with public health restrictions in place and museums and libraries reopening following certain precautions.
In all regions of Ontario, the size of allowable gatherings has also increased from five to ten, as long as physical distancing measures are in place, and places of worship will be able to welcome congregants in person again if they remain at 30% of building capacity.