Ford expected to announce if Toronto can enter next stage of reopening

Jun 22 2020, 6:24 am

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce today whether Toronto can move on to Stage 2 of reopening the economy.

On Friday, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen De Villa, said that the city had seen a decline in new coronavirus cases for 14 consecutive days.

“I am encouraged by this good news which is the result of your continued efforts,” she said at the time.

“We will soon be able to join other regions of the province to enter Stage 2.”

Weekly updates are provided by the province to explain which regions can enter the next stages of reopening. The update is provided on Mondays, with regions given the go-ahead to reopen on Fridays.

To date, 31 regions in the province have entered Stage 2, with just Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex waiting for the green light to join the rest of Ontario.

For the past week, except on Saturday, Ontario’s daily new case count remained below 200, as testing capacity has increased.

The next stage of reopening will allow residents to go to patios, visit hair salons, shop at malls, and start camping at Ontario parks.

Ford will be joined by Health Minister Christine Elliott, Finance Minister Rod Phillips, and Labour Minister Monte McNaughton.

The daily briefing will begin at 1 pm at Queens Park.