Splash Pads, Pools, and Camping Allowed To Open in Most of Ontario

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If you were worried about summer fun being entirely cancelled for 2020, things are looking up. On June 8, Ontario officials announced that many recreational facilities and services in the province will be allowed to move to Stage 2 beginning Friday, June 12.

Additionally, social gathering limits are increasing to 10 people everywhere in the province. Good news for kiddos celebrating a summer birthday!

Not all regions are included in Stage 2 reopening this week, however; most noticeably, Toronto and the GTA. Pools, splash pads, and other Stage 2 attractions and businesses will remain closed for now in Toronto and in Peel, Halton, York, and Durham regions, where COVID-19 numbers are still deemed too high.

Here are some of the businesses and attractions that are included in Stage 2 reopenings:

  • restaurants and bars with outdoor dining
  • hair salons
  • tours
  • outdoor splash pads and wading pools
  • swimming pools (indoor and outdoor)
  • camping and beaches in provincial parks
  • camping in private campgrounds
  • outdoor sports facilities
  • drive-in and drive-through attractions
  • places of worship

Restrictions will be in place to maintain social distancing. Social gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed in all regions of the province, including Toronto and the GTA.

More announcements are expected later this week regarding summer camps and child care.

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