Masks, passive screening among the few regulations to remain in place beyond Step Three

Queen's Park hasn't said when Step Three will end yet

The Ford Government says the vast majority of COVID-based regulations will be lifted beyond Step Three. Ontarians will still be required to wear masks in indoor public settings.

Queen’s Park will maintain its indoor mask requirement beyond Step three, and will still require passive screenings and safety plans of businesses and organizations for the foreseeable future.

These requirements will remain in place until deemed unnecessary by Ontario’s medical officer of health. “As the Delta variant is the dominant strain in Ontario, which is not the case with some other provinces, face coverings will also continue to be required for indoor public settings,” reads a statement from the Premier’s Office. “The Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to evaluate this need on an ongoing basis.” There is no benchmark for when these few restrictions will be lifted.

The province entered Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 and is expected to remain in this stage for at least 21 days and until 75 per cent of those 12 and up have gotten their second vaccine dose.

On Friday, Public Health Ontario reported 226 new cases of COVID-19, along with 148 more recoveries and 11 additional deaths. There were 89,157 vaccines administered across the province yesterday, and 20,993 tests were processed.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reported 8 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. There were also 7 additional recoveries and no new deaths. To date, 68.8% of Simcoe-Muskoka residents 18+ have gotten their first shot, 56.0% their second.