There will be more people able to go back to the workplace this Friday as more businesses and services will be reopening in Ontario.
More regions will be entering Stage 2 of the government’s reopening framework, enabled by the Ontario government in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local health officers.
The positive trends of key public health indicators are why these regions are able to reopen.
These indicators include lower transmission rates of COVID-19, sufficient hospital health system capacity, local public health capacity to assist with rapid case and contact management, and a significant increase in testing provincially.
The latest public health regions that will be allowed to move into Stage 2 on Friday, June 19 at 12:01 am are
- Durham Region Health Department
- Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
- Halton Region Health Department
- Hamilton Public Health Services
- Lambton Health Unit
- Niagara Region Public Health Department
- York Region Public Health Services
These regional reopenings follow the 24 public health regions that have already entered Stage 2 on June 12.
— York Region (@YorkRegionGovt) June 16, 2020
“Thanks to the collective efforts of our frontline health care workers and the people in these regions to stop the spread of COVID-19, more businesses will be able to open their doors and thousands of people will be able to go back to work and put food on the table,” said Premier Doug Ford earlier this week.
“With the public health trends improving day by day across the province, I am hopeful all regions of Ontario will enter Stage 2 very soon. But we must remain on our guard to prevent any potential surge or secondary wave by continuing to follow the sound advice of our public health officials.”
The Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts say that they will be continuously monitoring the “evolving situation” and will advise when public health restrictions can be loosened or if they need to be tightened.
The Peel Public Health, Toronto Public Health, and Windsor-Essex County Health Unit regions will be required to remain in Stage 1.
As of June 12, all childcare centres are allowed to reopen within the province with some restrictions, including limiting the number of children, putting children and staff in groups of 10 or less day over day, screening all children and staff for symptoms prior to entry, and a no visitor policy.
Additionally, all places of worship in Ontario are permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30% of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers.