Reopening information

As businesses and public spaces begin to reopen, please remember to continue to adhere to public health measures, including:
~ stay 2 metres apart from others 
~ wash hands frequently for 20 seconds
~ avoid touching your face
~ clean surfaces daily 
~ wear a mask if physical distancing is difficult
~ stay home when ill  
~ if you develop at least one of the COVID-19 symptoms or are concerned you have been exposed to COVID-19, please go to an assessment centre to be tested

Face Coverings in WDG

Effective 12:01 a.m. on July 17, 2020, as part of Stage 3 reopening safety precautions, Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health for the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit, has updated the class order that any customer, patron, employee or visitor who enters a commercial establishment be required to wear a face covering at all times while inside the establishment, with the exception of:

  • Children under the age of two years.
  • Children under the age of five years (either chronologically or developmentally) who refuse to wear a face covering and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver.
  • People whose ability to breathe in any way is inhibited by the face covering.
  • People that have any other medical reason they cannot wear a face covering safely, such as, but not limited to, respiratory disease, cognitive difficulties or difficulties in hearing or processing information.
  • The obligation to provide reasonable accomdation under the Ontario Human Rights Code requires exemption from this requirement. 

For more information, please read our Face Coverings FAQs

Ministry guidance for the public on what is reopening 

Ontario is taking a regional approach to move into Stage 3. As directed by the province, each region will be permitted to enter Stage 3 when safe to do so as public health criteria outlined in the framework are met.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph region moved to Stage 3 as of Friday, July 17, 2020

Stage 3

Public Gathering Limits

  • Effective Friday, July 17, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the province increased the limit on social gatherings for businesses, services and public spaces for those regions allowed to enter stage 3 (this includes WDG region)
    • Indoor gathering limits increased to a maximum of 50 people;

    • Outdoor gathering limits increased to a maximum of 100 people;

  • For both indoor and outdoor social gatherings, physical distancing requirements remain in place with people who are not from the same household or social circle

  • Going out: Personal and social activities during the COVID-19 pandemic (Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • Going Out? Do it Safely! (Public Health Agency of Canada)

Social Gatherings at Households

  • Limit indoor home gatherings to people in your social circle
  • Gatherings at your household with people outside of your social cirlce are recommended to be held outdoors
  • Only have the number of people to your home that the space will allow for physical distancing of at least 2 metres with people outside your household or social circle
  • Check out this resource: Hosting small gatherings (Public Health Agency of Canada) 

Social Circles

  • Remain at maximum 10 person limit province-wide, regardless of whether the region is in stage 2 or 3.
  • Your social circle must always be the same people
  • You can only belong to one social circle

Stage 2

Social Gatherings

  • Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the province increased the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province 
  • Continue to practice physical distancing at these social gatherings with people outside of your household bubble
    • Where physical distancing is difficult to do, please wear a non-medical (e.g., cloth) mask 

Stage 1

Check local municipality and county websites for the latest updates on what public spaces are opening in your area:

*This page will be updated as new information is released so check back regularly for updates