Saturday, February 27, 2021

Chatham-Kent begins to move into Phase 2 of reopening

After the announcement earlier this week by the Government of Ontario, Chatham-Kent is preparing to move into Phase 2 of reopening.

Dr. David Colby, Medical Officer of Health for Chatham-Kent is permitting that the following operations may resume service as early as Friday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m.:

– Outdoor dining areas only

– Services within a place of worship, with no more than 30% capacity

– Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair and beauty salons that do not provide services that tend to the face

– Childcare centres with the proper health and safety measures in place

– Beach access and camping at provincial parks and private campgrounds

– Tour and guide services

– Shopping malls under existing restrictions, with food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only

– Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with physical distancing in place

– Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural attractions, with individuals remaining in their vehicles at all times

– Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people

In addition, the limit of social gatherings has increased to 10 people, with physical distancing measures, CK Public Health officials say.

Please note that some municipal services/local businesses may choose not to reopen at this time, at their discretion, CK Public Health officials added.

Businesses should only reopen if they have proper health and safety measures in place.

“As restrictions are eased, we must continue to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet at all times,” stated Dr. Colby in a media release.

Dr. Colby has additionally ordered that the following services remain closed:

Municipally operated pools

– Splash pads will remain closed until play structures are permitted to open

– Day camps

– Other types of organized activity that allow close proximity of children and youth to each other

“Keeping pools, splash pads and day camps closed at this time is to protect the health and safety of children and vulnerable people as physical distancing will be impossible to maintain in these settings,” Dr. Colby added.

A full, detailed list, along with the additional local directives can be found on the Closure Updates page of CK Public Health’s COVID-19 website at

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