"More good news" for Ontario businesses coming Thursday: Ford

May 12 2020, 10:37 am

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that “more good news” is coming on Thursday for the  reopening of businesses in the province, which have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“On Thursday, we will share more good news,” Ford said during the press conference on Tuesday.

“More good news about getting people to work, more good news about opening more places, more good news about getting paychecks out the door, and more good news about slowly getting back to normal.”

The premier did not provide specifics on what the good news will entail, but he did say the announcement will focus on reopening more “low-risk workplaces, seasonal businesses and essential services.”

“If we stay the course, we will soon be ready to take the next step and now is the time to prepare,” Ford said.

He added that this will still be part of Phase 1 from the three phase framework for reopening the economy.

“We are making steady progress. We will soon be ready to take the next time. Now is the time to prepare.”

Ontario is planning on extending the province’s state of emergency on Tuesday, as it ends today.

According to Ford, the province is looking to extend it for 21 days, until June 2.

The framework to reopen on the economy was released on April 27, outlining the three stages, the first being for businesses that were ordered to close or restrict operations, and opening select workplaces that can immediately modify operations to meet public health guidance.

On Monday, retail stores with street access opened to offer curbside pickup and delivery and certain essential construction projects were expanded.

Over the weekend, garden centres, nurseries, hardware stores and safety supply stores began offering in-store purchasing.

The provincial government said that all retailers should follow available safety guidelines in order to protect staff, consumers and the general public during the pandemic