Toronto is waking up to the grey zone this morning, here is what has changed

You are now able to browse in your favourite shop again. Toronto moves into the grey zone on March 8 at 12:01 a.m. The current stay-at-home order will also lift at that time. Both Toronto and Peel region will remain at the grey level for two weeks with continuous assessments of the situation during that time.

Grey zone under the provincial framework means that some things in the GTA can remain open, including animal services (veterinarians, dog groomers, etc.), campgrounds offering a full-season option, outdoor driving ranges, and hotels (shared amenities not included). Retail stores can operate at a limited capacity.

Unfortunately, restaurants in grey zones cannot open for indoor or outdoor dining. Takeout and delivery options are allowed to continue. As far as meeting with your friends and family members, you can meet outdoors with 10 people, and indoors there is also a limit of 10 only for weddings, funerals, and other functions where distance can be maintained.

Personal care services such as hair salons are still closed, so Toronto residents will have to wait a bit longer for that spring haircut.

Since last November, this is the first time that retail stores have been allowed to operate with in-store shoppers. The province continues to vaccinate long-term care residents and staff and essential workers and members of the homeless population currently staying at high-risk shelters.

Immunization clinics should be open in April to move ahead with the current vaccination schedule. Presently, the province is in Phase 1 of the vaccination plan. Vaccines for the general population will begin during Phase III of the plan. You can find details about the vaccination phases and eligibility on the city’s website.

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