Premier Ford is “Very Hopeful” That Ontario Could Open Step 1 of Reopening Before June 14

It looks like Ontario might start reopening earlier than mid-June after all. Premier Doug Ford said on June 2 that he’s waiting on Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams and his team to approve an earlier start date for step one of the reopening plan.

“I’m cautiously optimistic right now. We’re doing as well as the province can do, and that’s thanks to each and every one of you and the frontline healthcare workers,” said Ford. “I’m so hopeful that as things are going, we may be able to enter step one safely earlier than June 14.”

“Right now, we’re waiting for Dr. Williams and his team to tell us when we may be ready to do so, because I know it’s very important for people in Ontario to get to step one, to get to step two, as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

In step one of reopening, outdoor gathering limits will be increased to 10 people, including outdoor fitness classes, restaurants can open for outdoor dining with four people per table, non-essential shopping can resume at 15% capacity, and short-term rentals like cottages can accept reservations.

“As we see the numbers come down, and they’re dropping rapidly, we’ve put forward to doctor Williams and the medical team that option about opening up earlier based on a cautious approach, based on the numbers coming down. The framework won’t change, so what you’re allowed to do will not change, that will stay consistent,” he added.

The premier said that if reopening can begin sooner, stage two could begin as early as Canada Day.


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