For those who have been wanting to get into a hair salon or barber shop, a gym, or other personal service business, the wait is almost over.
On Thursday, the province of Ontario announced it is moving into the second stage of its reopening plan a little earlier than originally expected.
With key public health and health-care indicators continuing to improve, the province-wide vaccination rate now surpassing the targets outlined in the province’s plan, and on the recommendation of the province’s chief medical officer of health, the Ford government is moving the province into the next stage at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30.
In order to enter the second stage, Ontario needed to have vaccinated 70 per cent of adults with one dose and 20 per cent with two doses for at least two weeks, ensuring a strong level of protection against COVID-19, the province said in a news release.
As of June 23, over 76 per cent of the population in Ontario ages 18 and over had received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and over 29 per cent had received their second dose.
More than 13.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, the government said.
Some of the changes that will take effect June 30 include outdoor gatherings and organized public events now being allowed to involve up to 25 people, and indoor social and organized events of up to five people.
Essential and other select retail operations can open at 50 per cent capacity, and non-essential retail can operate at 25 per cent.