The Ontario government released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators.
The province will remain in each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. Based on current trends in key health indicators, including the provincial vaccination rate, the province expects to enter Step One of the Roadmap the week of June 14, 2021.
The provincewide emergency brake restrictions remain in effect with the Stay-at-Home order expiring on June 2, 2021.
How does this impact REALTORS®?
For now, Members should continue to follow all public health guidance, use virtual business tools first, refrain from in-person open houses and only conduct scheduled showings when absolutely necessary.
With respect to tenant eviction orders, the government has indicated that the moratorium is tied directly to the Stay-at-Home order and that is expected to be lifted June 3, 2021; however, it is not clear at this point whether or not the province will lift the ban on residential evictions at the same time.
Real estate remains an essential business; therefore, real estate transactions can continue, provided that all public health measures and safety protocols are followed.
Key highlights in each step of the Roadmap to Reopen are outlined in the chart below:
In response to recent public health improvements, effective May 22, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., the province will reopen outdoor recreational amenities with restrictions in place. These amenities include, but are not limited to, golf courses and driving ranges, soccer and other sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, and skate parks. No outdoor sports or recreational classes are permitted. Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events will be expanded to five people, which will allow these amenities to be used for up to five people, including with members of different households. All other public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will remain in effect.