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Provinces across Canada begin to loosen more lockdown restrictions

Provinces in Canada are relaxing more lockdown restrictions this week, with Quebec, Saskatchewan and Manitoba moving to reopen services such as restaurants, day camps and gyms.

Quebec will allow restaurants in the Montreal and Joliette areas to reopen, as well as expanding indoor gatherings to up to 10 people from three households.

The province will similarly reopen day camps, gyms, arenas, cinemas, concert venues and places of worship, with a maximum capacity of 50 people for indoor gatherings.

Outdoor pools are also open in Montreal as of June 20, with a number of guidelines in place.

Saskatchewan will move to Phase 4.1 of its reopening plan today, which will expand indoor gatherings to 30 people.

The province will also reopen camping in national parks (by reservation), youth day camps, some outdoor, non-contact sports (e.g. soccer, softball, flag football), and outdoor swimming pools and spray parks.

Strict cleaning protocols and social distancing of at least two metres remains in effect for most services.

In Manitoba, restaurants and bars, child care centres and retail stores can operate at full capacity as of Sunday, although safety guidelines must be observed (e.g. tables at restaurants must be two metres apart or have a physical barrier between them).

Phase 3 will also see non-smoking bingo halls and video lottery terminal lounges reopen at 50 per cent capacity.

People arriving in Manitoba from other western provinces, northern territories and northwestern Ontario no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Manitoba is also allowing larger public gatherings; people can now fill up to 30 per cent of the capacity of any venue, so long as they can be split into groups of 50 indoors or 100 outdoors.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford also just gave Toronto the green light to reopen a number of services on Wednesday as part of Phase 2, including hair services, tattoo parlors, limited outdoor dining, shopping malls, swimming pools and more.

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Ewien van Bergeijk

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