Ontario reports 308 new coronavirus cases, extends state of emergency to June 2, retail stores reopen

Ontario confirmed there are 308 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, May 11, bringing the provincial total to 20,546 since the outbreak began in late January.

Nearly 74% of those or 15,131 cases are now recovered. The official death toll rose to 1,669, an increase of 35 deaths within the last 24 hours.

There are now 3,746 active cases in Ontario. This is the third straight day that the growth rate in new cases has been below 2 percent.

Some retail stores reopen for curbside pickup, parks open

Today, May 11, all retail stores with a street entrance will be allowed to reopen to provide curbside pickup and delivery – a move Premier Ford has said will allow thousands of people to return to work.

On Friday, garden centres and nurseries were allowed to fully open, and hardware stores and safety supplies allowed to reopen on Saturday as long as health measures are enforced.

Many stores were already conducting business through online order and delivery, but with curbside service becoming an option, people worry if it will lead to overcrowding on the streets.

With these reopening, Toronto Mayor John Tory has said that citizens should try not to shop unless necessary despite stores reopening again.

“I would say to shoppers if you really don’t need to get something, don’t,” said Tory when addressing the potential shoppers.

Tory worries that the reopening of these stores will lead to crowding on the streets, especially in areas like Bloor Street and Queen Street where there are many retail stores with street access.

Premier Ford also announced over the weekend that provincial parks will reopen Monday, though beaches, camping areas, and playgrounds will remain closed and physical distancing must be maintained.

Written by: Angelo Cruz

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