Northwestern Ontario has transitioned into Stage 3 of Ontario’s reopening Framework. So far, 24 regions in Ontario moved into Stage 3, including Northwestern Ontario.

Stage 3 of Ontario’s framework includes new limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings. Up to 100 residents will be able gather outside, and up to 50 residents will be able to gather indoors, but all are still expected to strictly follow all social distancing and hygiene guidelines.

As well, the government says 'nearly all' of Ontario’s businesses and public spaces will be allowed to reopen. This includes dine-in restaurants, gyms, personal care services, live shows, performing arts centres, movie theatres, casinos, recreation centres, recreation facilities, live sports, team sports, and tour and guide services.

Minister of Health Christine Elliott noted that Stage 3 will remain in place for the foreseeable future and no 'Stage 4' is planned at this time, but social limits can still be adjusted. She added that a vaccine would 'help', but there's no firm timeline on a vaccine yet.

Ontario first declared a State of Emergency March 17. It’s currently set to expire on July 22.