As of 12:01 this morning, Toronto is officially in stage 3 of reopening!
What does that mean exactly?
Well for my life not much honestly. Toronto has had a great week for new cases! From July 25-28 we’ve had 15/7/6/4 new cases reported. Like that’s amazing! All of Ontario has been under 100 cases for a few days as well. It’s super amazing. But it doesn’t mean that we get comfy and start being reckless either. As Mad Eye Moody would say:
So Stage 3 for Toronto means that basically everything is open again, but with social distancing guidelines and mandatory masks in public places. You can eat in a restaurant, go to the library, shopping malls, movie theatres are slowly reopening with reduced capacity, indoor gatherings can go up to 50 and outdoors are now 100.
What won’t be opening are:
- amusement parks and water parks
- buffet style restaurants
- dancing at bars/pubs (you can go inside to drink but you have to remain seated at your table)
- overnight stays at camps for children
- private karaoke rooms
- prolonged/deliberate contact during sports
- saunas/steam rooms etc
- table games at casinos
The plan to reopen schools was announced. A lot of people are upset, but honestly I think it’s about as decent of a plan as we can get. Remember that I am in a private school so I’m just listing off the most basic of things that would apply to us since we are not publicly funded in anyway.
- Parents have the choice to send students or not
- inside social distancing should be at least 1 meter at all times
- masks are mandatory for students from grade 4-12, recommended for lower grades
- high school will be half online/half in class
- high school classes will be kept to 15 students or less
- all staff must wear masks/shields
- increased cleaning
There is obviously a lot more than that but those are the main points that I took away from the press conference.
So like basically 99% of everything is opening up with restrictions. It doesn’t affect my life too much but I feel lighter after the announcement.
The last week or so I have felt the itch to get out and start doing things. It really started last weekend and I can tell you the moment that it did: the second my new masks got out of the wash.
I had ordered some masks from Old Navy. They have sets of 5 for $15 or you can get a set of 10 for $30. The sets of 10 have diverse patterns but some of them I didn’t like so I went for two sets of 5. Still getting 10 for $30 and free delivery which meant they arrived almost three weeks after I ordered them. I’m actually considering ordering more….
And I LOVE THEM. They are cute! I purchased a set of polka dots (3 patterned and 2 plain) and then a floral set (two patterned and 3 plain) so I will be all set for at least going to work in September. And they fit my face really well, and just from how they are cut and sit on my face, my glasses don’t fog up as much as with the mask I was previously wearing.
Now that I have 11 masks, instead of just 1, I feel like I have more freedom to go out and do things. I’m not limited by having to wash/disinfect my mask so much. Honestly I was even starting to get relaxed with that – oh just riding the bus to this one place and back again? I’ll let it sit for the next four days before I wear it to go grocery shopping. Not the best, but it worked for me.
Now I have two bags: a small ziplock to put my used mask in while I’m out, and a large one to collect all my used masks at home. I used to wash them but now I bake them.
YES! Bake them! My dad does it in his toaster oven (he’s a germ guy so he understands things). If you have a toaster oven, set it at 150-160 degrees and throw your mask in for 40 minutes. Of course, if you have elastic bands on it maybe test it out first. I only have a regular oven which goes down to 170 degrees. So 30 minutes is all I need. I tested it out and the elastics didn’t melt so that’s what I’ll be doing from now on! Much better than washing and breathing in those chemicals I think.
I will be seeing my work friends again on Tuesday, and actually going to the salon right before! But that’s a post for next week!
What stage is your area in? Should you really be in it?