The Ontario government has announced that beginning this Friday, almost all of the province’s regions can begin their move to stage two of the reopening process, which means the return of restaurants, hair salons, and malls.
Despite the announcement, the Toronto region, as well as Peel and Windsor-Essex, are to remain in stage one of the reopening process due to these areas being the province’s COVID-19 hotspots.
Ontario reported 181 cases of COVID-19 with most of the cases (134 noted cases) recorded in Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex regions.
As such, the eligibility for these regions to enter stage two will be reviewed next Friday.
“For the regions still staying in stage one, Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex, we ask you please be patient because we can’t let our guard down,” Premier Doug Ford said when announcing the news.
“But the good news is, the public health trends across the province are going in the right direction, we are making steady progress”.
With this announcement, Durham, Halton, York, Hamilton, Lambton, Niagara, and Haldimand-Norfolk will be allowed to reopen many of the businesses allowed for stage two.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie released a statement in response to the announcement made today, agreeing with the decision of keeping Peel out of the second stage for the moment.
“I want to thank Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Premier for taking a cautious, regional approach to reopening…. Unfortunately, case counts and incident rates across the entire region remain second highest in the province,” Crombie said in her statement.
She also asked Peel residents to remain patient during this time, as she remains confident that the area will enter stage two “sooner rather than later”.
Except for the areas that were announced to reopen today, you can see a list of areas announced before today, as well as the businesses allowed to reopen, in one of our prior articles.
Ontario is still currently under a state of emergency that was recently renewed and set to expire at the end of June.
As most of the province is now in Stage 2 of the reopening plan, many are looking forward to transitioning to the third and final stage, Stage 3, of the province’s plan to reopen our economy.
When Ontario finally transitions to Stage 3, most remaining workplaces and community spaces will be reopened while public health restrictions will be gradually lifted depending on the situation.
The province will continue to take advice from public health officials and workplaces are expected to maintain health safety guidelines and procedures.
Despite the reopening of workplace and business in Stage 3 of the plan, large public gatherings such as concerts and sporting events will continue to be restricted for the “foreseeable future”.
Ontario COVID-19 stats
According to Ford, Ontario has conducted over a million COVID-19 tests since the beginning of the outbreak, with Ontario’s testing numbers being at “historic levels” according to Health Minister Christine Elliott.
Yesterday, 21,751 COVID-19 tests were conducted, which was the fewest amount of tests conducted within the last five days.
Today, 197 cases have been confirmed, bringing Ontario’s total amount of confirmed cases to 32,370.
In Ontario hospitals, there are a total of 419 individuals with COVID-19 being treated, with 104 in intensive care and 69 on ventilators.
Confirmed cases: 32,370 (+197)
Deaths: 2,527 (+8)
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