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May. 28, 2022 | Saturday
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Niagara to remain in Phase 2 as most of province enters Phase 3
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The Niagara region will remain in Phase 2 of reopening, while most of Ontario enters Phase 3, Premier Doug Ford announced Monday.

Phase 3 reopening allows for "nearly all" businesses to resume, excluding amusement parks and water parks, buffet-style food services, dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment following specific requirements, overnight stays at camps for children, private karaoke rooms, prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports, saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars, and table games at casinos and gaming establishments.

It also means limits on indoor gatherings will increase from 10 to a maximum of 50 people, outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people.

Gathering limits for both indoor and outdoor events are still subject to physical distancing requirements, meaning people must be two metres apart.

The province reminds people that it's still important to follow public health advice on social distancing and wearing masks when that isn't an option.

"Our success in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and getting Ontario to a place where we are ready to reopen most of the province is a testament to the hard work of business owners, individuals and families right across the province," stated Ford, in a media release Monday.

"So many have stepped up and played by the rules, demonstrating that we can restart our economy safely and responsibly. Small actions can make a big difference. Now more than ever, we must continue to follow the public health advice to preserve the progress we have made together."