With more than 76 per cent of adults in Ontario having received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and over 30 per cent now fully immunized, Ontario is accelerating second dose eligibility to all individuals aged 18 and over across the province.
Starting Monday, June 28, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., all Ontarians aged 18 and over who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine will be eligible to book an appointment to receive their second ahead at a minimum interval of 28 days. This will accelerate second dose eligibility for approximately 1.5 million Ontarians.
With key public health and health care indicators continuing to improve, the provincewide vaccination rate now surpassing the targets outlined in the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, and on the recommendation of the the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is moving the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
While the province has surpassed Step Three vaccination targets, Ontario may remain in Step Two for a period of approximately 21 days to allow the most recent vaccinations to reach their full effectiveness and to evaluate any impacts of moving to Step Two on key public health and health care indicators. When it is determined to be safe, the province will promptly move to Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.
Step Two of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of more outdoor activities and limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn, with other restrictions in place. This includes, but is not limited to:
Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 5 people;
Essential and other select retail permitted at 50 per cent capacity;
Non-essential retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times, and at 25 per cent capacity and other restrictions;
Outdoor dining with up to 6 people per table, with exceptions for larger households and other restrictions;
Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 25 per cent capacity of the particular room;
Outdoor fitness classes limited to the number of people who can maintain 3 metres of physical distance;
Outdoor sports without contact or modified to avoid contact, with no specified limit on number of people or teams participating, with restrictions;
Overnight camps for children operating in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
Outdoor sport facilities with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
Outdoor concert venues, theatres and cinemas, with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
Outdoor horse racing and motor speedways, with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
Outdoor fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals, permitted at 25 per cent capacity and with other restrictions.
Today, June 25, 2021, marks Dr. David Williams’ last day as Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Dr. Williams has served Ontarians for the past six years and has been notable in leading Ontario through this unprecedented pandemic. Dr. Williams has worked tirelessly to guide us through this pandemic and inform the government’s decisions. He has shouldered a heavy load and he has done so with integrity and compassion. In his role as Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Williams has also served as an ex-officio member of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force and has played a critical part in the rollout of our three-phase vaccination plan. Thank you for serving Ontarians.
Dr. Williams will be replaced by Dr. Kieran Moore as the incoming Chief Medical Officer of Health. Dr. Moore had previously served as the local medical officer of health in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. I want to wish Dr. Moore all the best in his new role and looking forward to working with him.
My constituency office is open for appointments only. In efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we encourage you to continue to contact us at (416) 781-2395 or email [email protected]. We remain ready to assist.
The first phase of Canada's approach to easing border measures will begin on July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, for fully vaccinated travellers who are eligible to enter Canada under the current travel restrictions.