Ontario Premier Doug Ford has said they will be taking a regional approach to stage 2 of reopening the province.

He explained the reasoning behind the decision.

"We have a province larger then Texas and California. We have to differentiate between large urban centres and rural areas. Be it where Vic (Fedeli) is in North Bay, or up in Kenora, or other regions. Very rural areas where we didnt see very many cases at all. I just realized this isn't fair, to punish people in rural areas because of big urban centres," he said. 

In the new regional approach the Northwestern Health Unit Region is able to move into stage 2 beginning Friday, June 12.

Businesses and services permitted to reopen with proper health and safety measures in place in regions entering Stage 2 include:

  • Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties;
  • Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons;
  • Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only;
  • Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries;
  • Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools;
  • Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks;
  • Camping at private campgrounds;
  • Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing;
  • Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations;
  • Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing;and Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.

Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2.