Summer and Our Local Business CommunityPublished on June 17, 2021
The June MPP column in Community Voice
Ontarians are in the midst of reopening the province this summer with a three-step plan that focuses on a safe and cautious approach to gradually lift public health measures.
We have taken the first step of the plan that allows for limited retail at 15 percent capacity, outdoor dining, and the resumption of outdoor activities up to 10 people. Day camps, campsites and campgrounds, and overnight camping at Ontario Parks are all opened.
The province will remain at each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health indicators. To review the details of the plan, visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario
Assuming all goes well, step two of the plan will be taken in early July. This step will allow for expanded outdoor activities and the resumption of limited indoor services. In July, we can expect to have outdoor sports and league play and social events with gatherings of up to 25 people. This step includes the opening of personal care services like beauty salons and barbers.
Step three of the plan, which may be taken in late July, will result in further retail openings and social activities. It includes the opening of indoor recreational fitness and sports venues, museums, art galleries and libraries.
Ontario’s “Two-Dose Summer”
In implementing this plan, our summer of 2021 should be both fun and social. This is possible with the greater numbers of people getting their vaccine shots – their second shot.
The Premier has promised a “two-dose summer” and Ontario’s vaccination program has the capacity for all Ontarians to get their scheduled two doses. The caveat is that the federal government maintains its schedule of promised vaccine shipments to the Province.
Buy Local and Support Our Business Community
Over the last few weeks I have held Kanata-Carleton constituency meetings with business leaders at the Kanata Central BIA, Kanata North BA, Carp Road BIA, and the Carp BIA. I have also consulted with the Ottawa Board of Trade. I can report that, collectively, local business associations are prepared to assist in ensuring the upcoming reopening and recovery efforts are a success.
For residents of Kanata and West Carleton I ask that through the summer months please think first to shop from local retailers and services. If you are now ordering online, please consider making those online purchases from local businesses.
Stay up to date with the provincial news that impacts our community on my website’s news section.
Please do not hesitate to connect with me and my Community Office staff if there is something we can do for you and your family.