On Tuesday afternoon, Ontario’s Premier, Doug Ford, announced Stage 2 reopening plans for Toronto and the Region of Peel, as Windsor-Essex becomes the only region in the province to remain in Stage 1.
“Today’s announcement is another sign that we continue to make steady progress,” said Ford. “We have been working hand-in-hand with our municipal partners and local public health units to safely and gradually reopen the province.
Regarding the decision to keep Windsor-Essex in Stage 1, the Premier spoke to Ontarians saying that COVID-19 is still too much of a threat in the Windsor-Essex region and thus will remain in Stage 1 until further review.
However, Premier Doug Ford reassured the people in Windsor-Essex region saying the Ontario government will do everything in its power to help the region.
“No one wants to see every region of Ontario open more than I do, but we have to do it right,” said the Premier.
“We will do everything we can to get our final region, Windsor-Essex, into Stage 2 as soon as possible,” Ford continued. “That’s why we are ramping up testing and inspections on Ontario’s farms to protect workers and keep our food supply chains strong and healthy.”
On the other hand, Toronto and the Region of Peel has now been greenlit to join the other regions in Ontario that have entered Stage 2 of reopening and eased public health measure restrictions.
“We are confident that Toronto and Peel have met the public health criteria to join the 31 regions in Stage 2 effective this Wednesday,” said Health Minister Christine Elliott on Monday.
The news of the reopening plans came after Ontario continued to report back-to-back days of new daily COVID-19 cases of under 200 and steadying a decline in hospitalizations.
Additionally, it was mentioned that the consistent testing levels of 20,000 tests per day has also been a factor in the trend.
Regions that have entered Stage 2 of the Province’s three-stage reopening plan will have restrictions on restaurant patios, barbershops, nail salons, malls, swimming pools eased along other measures being gradually lifted.
As of 12:01 a.m. on June 24, Toronto and Peel Region will be able to reopen these facilities and businesses, while still following social distancing measures and health safety precautions.
The timing could not have been any better as the Greater Toronto Area has been closed for almost four months and the summer weather has been quickly approaching.
Summer is usually a busy time for businesses as students are off from school and people looking for fun things to do in the summertime.
This year since many businesses have been closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Summertime will be an important factor to help keep businesses running in the region.
Ontario’s COVID-19 Statistics
As of Monday afternoon, Ontario reported 161 additional new COVID-19 cases across the province. 44 cases were recorded in the Peel Region, 36 in Toronto, and 32 in Windsor-Essex.
The remaining 49 cases were reported in public health units across Ontario with most units reporting either zero or fewer than 10 new cases per public health unit.
Total COVID-19 Cases in Ontario
Confirmed COVID-19 Cases: 33,637 (+161)
Recovered COVID-19 Cases: 28,933
Deaths from COVID-19 Cases: 2,609
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