SUDBURY -- In a statement released on Monday, Greater Sudbury mayor Brian Bigger welcomed the province's regional approach to reopening, which will see many businesses in Sudbury open their doors on Friday.

The list of businesses permitted to reopen on Friday include outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties, tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons, shopping malls under existing restrictions,outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools, camping at Ontario Parks and private campgrounds, drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts as well as film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing.

Read the mayor's full statement here:

This is good and welcome news for everyone in Greater Sudbury. It is a testament to your patience and endurance, we sacrificed early and those efforts have shown positive results.

As we slowly step back closer toward normal with the opening of some small business, restaurant patios, public spaces and houses of worship - let's still remind ourselves of the need to be diligent and safe.

Let's respect space and each other as we are finally able to enjoy just a few of the small aspects of life that we could not access the past couple of months.

I am so proud of everyone for trusting the experts, listening to those in public health who guided us safely to this point - let's not take our positive situation for granted, and instead be mindful that if we continue to act accordingly, if we stay smart - we'll be even closer to achieving the next phases of re-opening and enjoying everything Greater Sudbury has to offer.

I am working with staff and the Chief Medical Officer of Health, currently discussing the announcements from the Province and we will have more information for you in the next few days.