On July 20th, Premier Doug Ford announced that Durham Region will enter Stage 3 of the provincial reopening plan on Friday, July 24, 2020. Stage 3 allows an increasing number of businesses and public spaces to open across the province, including gyms, bars, movie theaters, and indoor dining establishments, provided they adhere to public health recommendations.
Brock residents and businesses are encouraged to check out the Community Reopening Toolkit. It includes resources for a variety of industries and guidance documents. Some highlights:
New Gathering Limits:
Indoor gathering limits increase to a maximum of 50 people
Outdoor gathering limits increase to a maximum of 100 people
Individuals who are not from the same household or social circle are still required to maintain physical distancing of at least two metres
Playgrounds and Play Structures
Outdoor playgrounds and play structures are permitted to reopen. The Township is planning to open its playgrounds on Saturday, July 25th. More details to follow.
Physical distancing of at least two metres must be maintained (except between individuals from the same household or social circle)
Indoor dine-in permitted
All patrons must be seated when eating or drinking at the establishment
Establishments must take measures to ensure physical distancing of at least two metres between patrons from different tables, unless separated by an impermeable barrier
Buffet-style service is not permitted
Physical distancing applies to food trucks, food courts, concession stands and tours (i.e. tastings at wineries, breweries and distilleries)
Masks or face-coverings are mandatory in all commercial establishments, including retail and convenience stores, malls, enclosed farmers’ markets and business office open to the public.
People who remain exempt from wearing masks or face coverings are: individuals with health, respiratory and sensory issues; various disabilities; are unable to remove the mask without assistance; children under the age of two; or other valid reasons.
The Durham Economic Task Force and Durham Public Health have put together valuable resources to help your business prepare for re-opening:
A Framework for Reopening our Province – Stage 3
Durham Region Checklist for Reopening Businesses and Workplaces
Develop your COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan
Sector Specific Guidance and Tip Sheets
Durham Region PPE Providers
Residents are reminded to practice physical distancing, wear a mask or face covering while in commercial establishments, wash your hands frequently, and stay home when you are sick.
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, new decisions are made affecting municipal services and facilities. For an up-to-date list of affected municipal services and facilities please visit the Township of Brock’s web site at www.townshipofbrock.ca/covid19.