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Saturday, June 15, 2024
UPDATED: Province lets groomers, golf courses and more stores reopen

There's good news for pet owners and dog groomers – and golfers.

Premier Doug Ford says golf courses can reopen starting this Saturday and groomers can resume operations on Tuesday, May 19.

The province said the changes, among several other business reopenings announced Thursday afternoon, including boat clubs and some private campgrounds, are made on the assumption that key public health indicators continue to improve.

In all cases, social distancing and other COVID-19 restrictions are in effect.

The government is also allowing retail services to reopen if they “are not in shopping malls and have separate street-front entrances with measures in place that can enable physical distancing, such as limiting the number of customers in the store at any one time and booking appointments beforehand or on the spot.”

The “responsible and measured approach to reopening will allow business owners and service providers time to ensure workplaces are safe for staff, consumers and the general public,” the government said in a statement.

See the government announcement here.

On Wednesday, the Town of NOTL announced it was permitting groomers to reopen, however that advice appeared to conflict with a statement released a day earlier by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario.

With Ford's declaration, all that is moot: You can get your dog’s coat and nails trimmed and spoil them with a spa visit starting immediately after the long weekend.


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