As we continue to make progress in slowing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, communities, including Brantford, can take step towards reopening as directed by the Province.  It's been a long road. Everyone in Brantford, and beyond, has sacrificed much to slow the spread. While we still have a ways to go, our efforts are bearing much fruit.

In light of the reopening, we want to give a shout out to every business and employee in our community. Thank you for your patience and support. While you all had different roles and responsibilities during this time, you achieved the same outcome -- a unified front to stop this pandemic and the support of essential workers who kept us going.

As our economy continues these reopening steps, let's be sure to express our gratitude for each worker and business. Let's encourage each other as we build a stronger economy and a better community. Let's find new, creative, and innovative ways to support our local businesses.

We have collected information around the Provincial reopening stages to help businesses and employees understand the process and access relevant resources.

Ontario's reopening stages

Stage 1 (May 19, 2020)

Stage 1

Ontario entered Stage 1 of reopening on May 19, 2020. Read the Stage 1 framework.

How Stage 1 was determined

  • Stage 1 included workplaces that are well-positioned to follow public health advice and workplace safety measures.
  • By opening businesses in stages, we can lessen the pressure on services like public transit to give more time for these services to ramp up safely for future stages. Protections for vulnerable people will be in place throughout each stage of restarting.

Businesses that can open in Stage 1

  • Construction
  • Retail
  • Vehicle dealerships and retailers
  • Media industries
  • Health services
  • Community services
  • Outdoor recreational amenities
  • Individual outdoor recreational sports
  • Individual sports competitions without spectators
  • Professional services related to research and development
  • Emissions inspection facilities
  • Veterinary services
  • Animal services
  • Indoor and outdoor household services
  • Maintenance
  • Additional openings
 Stage 2 (June 12, 2020)

Stage 2

Ontario will be taking a regional approach to move into Stage 2. As directed by the province, each region will be permitted to enter Stage 2 when safe to do so as public health criteria outlined in the framework are met. Read the Stage 2 framework.

Public health unit regions allowed to move into Stage 2 as of Friday, June 12 including Brantford.

If you live in a region that is entering stage 2

While Stage 2 businesses and workplaces can open as soon as June 12, dates and approaches may vary based on each community’s local needs and the ability of each business or service to meet workplace safety guidelines and public health advice.

By following general public health advice and implementing workplace safety measures, workplaces and people can help make Stage 2 a success.

Read about the regional approach

Places that can open in Stage 2

  • Personal care services
  • Personal services
  • Restaurants & bars
  • Shopping malls & centres
  • Photography
  • Film & TV
  • Tour & guide services
  • Water recreational facilities
  • Outdoor recreational facilities
  • Beaches, parks & camping
  • Outdoor recreational team sports
  • Drive-in & drive-thru venues
  • Weddings, funerals and similar gatherings
  • Libraries
  • Community centres
  • Attractions & heritage institutions
  • Small outdoor events
Stage 3 (TBD)

Stage 3

No information has been released yet for stage 3.


Sector-specific guidelines

The Province is providing sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Ontario is releasing safety guidelines to protect workers, customers and the general public from COVID-19 as it prepares for a gradual reopening of the provincial economy.

These resources are available for different sectors. They will help employers and workers better understand how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Sector guidelines contain recommendations and tips for employers on how to keep workers safe on the job. Posters for both employers and workers also offer advice on preventative actions, including physical distancing and workplace sanitation. Employers are encouraged to download the posters to print and post in the workplace.

As new sectors of the economy begin to reopen, additional COVID-19 workplace safety resources will be added.


Local information around reopenings will be posted in our news section as well as on our Facebook page. More information will be posted as it becomes available.