Hair salons, personal care services to open April 12 in Toronto, but with restrictions

Outdoor fitness classes can also resume on March 29

Personal care services, including hair salons, nail salons, and body art establishments, can open with limits in regions under the grey-lockdown level as of April 12.

Ontario announced the adjustments of public health measures for activities permitted in the grey-lockdown level of the COVID-19 Response Framework on Friday. Limitations include:

  • Capacity limits (the lesser of 25 per cent capacity or five patrons)
  • Physical distancing and face coverings
  • Patrons must set appointments in order to enter the establishment
  • Limiting entry only to patrons who are receiving the service (in exception for a caregiver or children of the patron)
  • No lining up outside the establishment (unless patrons are able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres and are wearing face coverings)
  • Requiring that the contact information of all patrons be collected and maintained for a period of a month
  • Screening patrons before entering the establishment
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment must be worn by people providing the services

In addition, effective Monday March 29 at 12:01 a.m., outdoor fitness classes, outdoor training for team/individual sports, and outdoor personal training (up to 10 people) will be permitted in grey zones, as long as people can maintain two metres of physical distance.

Also on Monday — Ontario will also permit marinas and boating clubs to operate clubhouses or any restaurant, bar, and other food or drink establishment for outdoor dining, subject to public health and workplace safety measures in the grey zone.

As of March 26, regions in the grey-lockdown zone include Toronto, Peel, Lambton, Sudbury, and Thunder Bay. Effective March 29 at 12:01 a.m., the city of Hamilton will also move to the grey-lockdown zone.

At a press conference on Friday afternoon, Premier Doug Ford was asked if it was “mixed-messaging” to loosen restrictions in the grey zone in the midst of increasing COVID numbers.

“Well I wouldn’t call it mixed messaging,” Ford responded, noting that we should “never ever let our guard down.”

“But in saying that, through the chief medical officer, and the local medical officers, we’re loosening it up just a little bit, to be outside, to get fresh air,” Ford said, reiterating that Ontarians should continue to follow the protocols, practise social distancing, and wear masks.

“We should all be on high alert,” he added.

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