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Effective June 19, Halton Region entered Stage 2 of the Province’s plan for reopening. This page includes information on what is opening and what remains closed, as well as key resources to help support businesses and residents as we reopen parts of our economy and community.

Ontario’s framework for reopening the province

Ontario's Framework for Reopening our Province outlines principles the Provincial government is using to reopen businesses, services and public spaces in gradual stages. It also explains the criteria Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health uses to determine when it is safe to move between the stages and loosen public health restrictions.

The framework includes three phases:

  • Phase 1: Protect and Support
  • Phase 2: Restart
  • Phase 3: Recover

The province is currently in Phase 2, which features three stages of reopening. Communities throughout Ontario are moving between the stages separately—as they are ready—based on key public health indicators for the area. On June 19, Halton moved from Stage 1 to Stage 2.

To learn more about the framework, please follow the links below to the Government of Ontario website.

A Framework for Reopening our Province Reopening Ontario: what's in each stage

Reopening our community and economy

Halton (including Burlington, Milton, Halton Hills and Oakville) moved to Stage 2 of reopening effective Friday, June 19, 2020. More businesses and services, as well as recreational and outdoor spaces, are now able to reopen across the region.

Halton is ready to move to this next stage based on its performance across several key public health indicators outlined in the Provincial reopening framework, such as:

  • Halton’s COVID-19 case numbers making up a small fraction of total provincial cases
  • sustained capacity of local hospitals
  • 90% of new COVID-19 case contacts being reached by Public Health within one day
  • the community’s strong adherence to public health direction

Public Health measures still in place

Halton Region Public Health is reminding residents and businesses that important public health measures and direction remain in place as the COVID-19 pandemic and emergency continues. We must protect the progress we have made together so we can continue to move forward, not backwards. Please continue to take public health direction seriously and:

  • when out in public, practice physical distancing (social distancing) by maintaining a 2-metre (6-foot) distance from those outside of your social circle;
  • wear a non-medical mask in public when physical distancing cannot be maintained;
  • wear a face covering or non-medical mask in public indoor spaces, in addition to maintaining physical distancing;
  • wash your hands frequently;
  • stay close to home as much as possible;
  • stay home if you feel unwell; and
  • get tested for COVID-19 if you have a symptom or are concerned that you have been exposed.

Learn more about how to protect yourself and others

What is open and what remains closed 

The following section outlines which businesses, services and outdoor and recreational setting have reopened or plan to reopen in each Stage of the province’s plan. Learn more about the Provincial framework for reopening.

Ontario entered Stage 1 of reopening on May 19, 2020. Stage 1 included workplaces that are well-positioned to follow public health advice and workplace safety measures.

Setting Includes
Construction (external link)
  • Activities or projects
  • Related services that support construction activities or projects (such as demolition services)
  • Land surveyors
Retail (external link)
  • Stores that open onto a street or exterior sidewalk
Vehicle dealerships and retailers (external link)
  • Vehicle dealerships and retailers
Media industries (external link)
  • Sound recording, production, publishing and distribution
  • Film and television post-production, visual effects and animation studios
  • Book and periodical production, publishing and distribution
  • Interactive digital media businesses
Health services (external link)
  • Non-emergency diagnostic imaging and surgeries in public hospitals, private hospitals and independent health facilities, clinics and private practices
  • In-person counselling and in-person health services
Community services (external link)
  • Libraries (for pick-up or delivery)
  • Religious services (for drive-in only)
Outdoor recreational amenities (external link)
  • Golf courses and outdoor golf driving ranges
  • Private campgrounds (to prepare for the upcoming season)
Individual outdoor recreational sports (external link)
  • Facilities for outdoor sports and activities (individual activities only):
    • Baseball diamonds
    • Soccer fields
    • Frisbee golf
    • Tennis, platform tennis, table tennis and pickleball courts
    • Basketball courts
    • BMX parks
    • Skate parks
    • Motorsport tracks
    • Cycling tracks and bike trails
    • Horse riding facilities
    • Shooting ranges, including those operated by rod and gun clubs
Individual sports competitions without spectators (external link)
  • Facilities for training amateur or professional athletes (except pools)
Professional services related to research and development (external link)
  • Professional services related to conducting research and experimental development in physical, engineering and life sciences (electronics, computers, chemistry, oceanography, geology, mathematics, physics, environmental, medicine, health, biology, botany, biotechnology, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, pharmacy, veterinary and other subjects)
Emissions inspection facilities (external link)
  • Emissions inspection facilities for heavy diesel commercial motor vehicles
Veterinary services (external link)
  • Veterinary services (by appointment)
Animal services (external link)
  • Pet grooming services
  • Pet sitting services
  • Pet walking services
  • Pet training services
  • Training and provision of service animals
Indoor and outdoor household services (external link)
  • Domestic services (housekeepers, cooks, maids, butlers, personal affairs management, nanny services, babysitters, other domestic personnel)
  • Cleaning and maintenance services (house cleaning, indoor/outdoor painting, window cleaning, pool cleaning, general repairs)
Maintenance (external link)
  • Maintenance, repair and property management services that manage and maintain the safety, security, sanitation and operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties
Additional openings (external link)
  • Regulated health professionals (May 26, 2020)
  • Backcountry camping at Ontario Parks and on Crown lands (June 1, 2020)
  • Drive-in movie theatres that were in existence before May 29, 2020 (May 31, 2020)
  • Short-term rentals, including lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums and bed and breakfasts (June 5, 2020)
  • Batting cages  (May 31, 2020)

To learn more about Stage 1, please follow the links below to the Government of Ontario website.

Reopening Ontario: what’s in each stage A Framework for Reopening our Province: Stage 1

The following is a list of what is reopening in Stage 2. It is important that we continue to take public health direction seriously as the we reopen the economy and community to protect the progress we have made together.

Note that some services listed may be modified, entry may require reservations and certain areas may remain closed to visitors. 

Setting Includes
Personal care services (external link)
  • Hair services
  • Beauty salons, shops and parlours
  • Hair removal services
  • Diet centres (non-medical), diet workshops, weight control clinics, and weight-reduction centres (non-medical)
  • Piercing services
  • Day spas
  • Tanning salons
  • Tattoo studios
Personal services (external link)
  • House sitting
  • Party, wedding planning and consulting services
  • Personal organizer services
  • Personal physical fitness trainer and sports trainers (outside of gyms only)
  • Personal shopping services
  • Porter services
  • Shoe services
  • Check room services
  • Wedding chapels
Restaurants and bars (outdoor areas only) (external link)
  • Patios
  • Curbside pickup
  • Parking lots
  • Adjacent dining areas
Shopping malls and centres (external link)
  • Shopping centres
  • Shopping malls
  • Markets
Photography (external link)
  • Photography studios
  • On-location services
Film and TV (external link)
  • Film and television production activities
Tour and guide services (external link)
  • Resource-based tours
  • Tastings and tours for operators of on-site retail stores at manufacturing sites
  • Trail riding, walking and bike tours
  • Motor vehicle and boat tours
Water recreational facilities (external link)
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • Outdoor splash pads
  • Wading pools
Outdoor recreational facilities (external link)
  • Paintball
  • Mini-golf
  • Archery ranges
  • Go-cart tracks
  • Other adventure activities
Beaches, parks and camping (external link)
  • Recreational vehicle/car camping
  • All other types of camping
Outdoor recreational team sports (external link)
  • Training activities only (no scrimmages or games)
  • Limited access to facilities (washrooms, emergency aid and equipment management)
Drive-in and drive-thru venues (external link)
  • Movie theatres
  • Concerts
  • Animal attractions
  • Cultural appreciation (such as art installations)
Weddings, funerals and similar gatherings (external link)
  • Indoor and outdoor event venues
Libraries (external link)
  • Computer access
  • Contactless book pickup and drop-off (no visitor access to shelves)
Community centres (external link)
  • Limited or modified on-site programs and services
Attractions and heritage institutions (external link)
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Aquariums
  • Zoos
  • Outdoor heritage institutions
  • Establishments preserving and exhibiting objects, sites and natural wonders of historical, cultural and educational value
Small outdoor events (external link)
  • Cultural celebrations
  • Animal shows
  • Fundraisers

To learn more about Stage 2, please follow the links below to the Government of Ontario website.

Reopening Ontario: what’s in each stage A Framework for Reopening our Province: Stage 2

In Stage 3, the Government of Ontario will consider:

  • Opening remaining workplaces and services responsibly, with remote work expected to continue wherever possible.
  • Opening dine-in for restaurants, bars and other food services, with public health measures in place.
  • Further relaxing restrictions on personal and personal care services, with public health measures in place.
  • Opening all indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, including playgrounds and play structures and associated amenities like clubhouses, showers and change rooms with restrictions and public health measures in place.
  • Allowing performing arts shows and cinemas with reduced capacity and other restrictions, such as assigned seating.
  • Opening casinos and charitable gaming halls and events, including horse racing, with public health measures in place.
  • Opening gyms, fitness facilities and studios with public health measures in place, such as limits to the number of people, floor space, equipment, showers and change rooms.
  • Opening amusement parks and waterparks with restrictions.
  • Resuming training for indoor team sports and individual high-contact sports with measures in place to enable physical distancing.
  • Maintaining protections for vulnerable populations and the continued practice of physical distancing, hand washing and respiratory hygiene, and significant mitigation plans to limit health risks.

To learn more about Stage 3, please follow the link below to the Government of Ontario website.

A Framework for Reopening our Province: Beyond Stage 2

Masks and face coverings

  • Wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is not a substitute for other important measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as physical distancing, frequent handwashing, coughing and sneezing into a tissue or sleeve and staying home if you’re feeling ill.
  • Wear a non-medical mask:
    • in public when physical distancing cannot be maintained;
    • in public indoor spaces, in addition to maintaining physical distancing; and
    • where use of a face covering or mask is mandatory.
  • Transport Canada and some municipal transit systems require that all passengers have a face covering or non-medical mask to cover their mouth and nose during travel.
  • Yes. While wearing a non-medical mask, individuals must continue to practice physical distancing, as well as other important measures such as frequent handwashing.
  • Medical masks, such as surgical and N95 masks, should be reserved for use by health care workers, those providing direct care and first responders.
  • Yes, homemade non-medical masks are safe and if worn properly, can reduce the spread of respiratory droplets.
  • Masks and face coverings, whether purchased or homemade, should fit well around the nose and mouth, without gaps at the sides.
  • Non-medical masks can be made using cotton shirts, bandanas and other readily available materials.
  • Refer to the Health Canada's Sew and No Sew Face Mask Instructions (external link) for making homemade non-medical masks.
  • Homemade masks, while not as effective as medical masks, can still offer protection if worn properly.
  • Face coverings should not be put on:
    • anyone under the age of two
    • anyone who has trouble breathing
    • anyone who is unconscious or unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • In the outdoor heat, if you are able to maintain distance from others, wearing a face covering may not be necessary.
  • Plan outdoor outings for the coolest times of the day, stay in the shade, avoid direct sun mid-day, and dress appropriately. Avoid crowded spaces and maintain a two-metre distance from others.
  • Wash your hands immediately before putting it on and immediately after taking it off.
  • Ensure the face covering fits snugly to cover the nose and mouth without any gaps.
  • Do not share it with others.
  • Avoid touching your face while using it.
  • Avoid moving the mask around or adjusting it often.
  • Change or dispose of the mask as soon as it gets damp or soiled (cloth masks can be laundered using a hot cycle).
  • Store it in a clean place and wash it regularly, if reusable, or discard in a lined trash can as soon as it is damp, soiled or crumpled.
  • Ensure the face covering is made of at least two layers of tightly woven materials and can be cleaned multiple times without losing its shape.
Refer to Public Health Agency of Canada’s COVID-19: How to safely use a non-medical mask or face covering.

Public Health guidance

The Ontario Government, health and safety associations and Halton Region Public Health have prepared guidance documents to assist businesses, services and public settings with reopening safely. If you are an operator planning to reopen, please read the following documents and closely follow their direction.

Halton Region Public Health will not be approving reopening plans for individual organizations or businesses. Public Health inspections are only required prior to reopening of public pools, spas, public beaches and farmer’s markets.

Businesses with questions about how to reopen safely can call the Province's Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

Licensed child care centres and home care providers were permitted to reopen starting June 12, 2020, and must follow strict health protocols to ensure the safety of children and child care staff. Emergency child care centres will no longer be offered as of June 26, 2020. EarlyON programs will remain closed. For more information, refer to the Province’s June 9, 2020 news release.

While preparing to reopen, child care providers should refer to the following directives, guidance documents, and resources. In addition, please review the Memo sent by Halton Region’s Children’s Services on June 12, 2020, which provides important information about the reopening of licensed child care centres in Halton Region.

Directives and guidance documents


The following guidance document is intended to support community and allotment garden operators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following guidance documents are intended for employers of farm workers to help control the spread of COVID-19 on farms.

The following guidance documents are intended to support restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments with reopening for dining in outdoor areas such as patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent premises.

The following guidance documents are intended to support operators of group homes and other congregate settings.

If you are a long-term care or retirement home administrator or employee looking for information about COVID-19 infection prevention and control, please visit Halton’s Long-term Care and Retirement Homes - Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) page. 

The following guidance is intended for operators of outdoor recreational spaces to ensure public safety as these spaces reopen. Outdoor recreational spaces include any area that is accessible to the public including: parks, trails, beaches and playgrounds.

The following guidance documents are intended to support owners/operators with reopening personal service settings, including hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, day spas, hair removal services, piercing services, tattoo services, and tanning salons.

As of Friday, June 12, 2020, all places of worship in Ontario are permitted to open with physical distancing in place. Attendance must be limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity. Refer to the following  public health guidance for faith-based organizations.

The following guidance is intended for public transit agencies and passengers to help control the spread of COVID-19 on public transit.

The following guidance document is intended for taxi and ride share companies, drivers, and passengers to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

As of Friday, June 19, 2020, outdoor team sports may resume, if physically distanced, for training only and with no scrimmages or games. Access to clubhouses and other amenities will be limited to washrooms, emergency aid and equipment management, with no access to locker rooms, change rooms or showers.

On June 27, 2020, the provincial government removed certain restrictions for Stage 2 indoor sport and recreational fitness activities facilities. These changes will allow many sports and recreational organizations to again offer sport training programming.

Halton Region Public Health will not be reviewing reopening plans for sport organizations. Refer to the following public health guidance to keep coaches and athletes safe. Additional guidelines and recommendations for reopening may be provided by the sport organizational body.

Indoor and outdoor summer day camps across the province are permitted to operate in July and August 2020. Overnight camps will not be permitted to operate.

Summer day camps are required to follow all existing worker health and safety, public health, and other relevant requirements to ensure the safety of all staff and participants. Refer to the following guidance document for more information.

Resources to Prevent COVID-19 in the Workplace