The provincial government has just announced that Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen will officially start at 12:01 a.m. on July 16, 2021. The province was able to exceed the required vaccine threshold of 70-80 per cent of people receiving at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 25 per cent being fully vaccinated. 

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford publicly commented on the Step Three announcement.

"The accelerated step three re-opening, to take effect Friday, July 16th, is welcome news by residents and visitors across Northwestern Ontario today. Everyone has worked so hard and patiently at their safe measures of social distancing and have they have taken steps to get their first and second vaccines at an impressive pace." - said Greg Rickford MPP Kenora-Rainy River - Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources, and Forestry AND Minister of Indigenous Affairs Ontario.

The province will remain in Step Three of the Roadmap for at least 21 days and until 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 75 per cent have received their second, with no public health unit having less than 70 per cent of their population fully vaccinated. Other key public health and health care indicators must also continue to remain stable. Upon meeting these thresholds, the vast majority of public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity limits for indoor and outdoor settings and limits for social gatherings, will be lifted. Only a small number of measures will remain in place, including the requirement for passive screening, such as posting a sign, and businesses requiring a safety plan.