Ontario to announce plans for next stage of reopening the economy next week

Jun 5 2020, 5:52 pm

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that early next week, the province will share more details on the next stage of reopening the economy.

But, Ford emphasized that Stage 2 will “not begin immediately.”

“We will be giving notices to businesses to start get ready and introduce a phased plan for  reopening childcare safely and gradually so we can support parents as they return to work,” Ford said during the daily press conference on Friday.

He added that he knows the people of Ontario have been “very patient” in regards to the economy reopening.

Ford also said that as much as Stage 2 will be focused on people getting back to work, the province will also focus on ways of getting life “back to normal” for the summer even if it will look “a little different.”

“I look forward to sharing more details early next week,” Ford said.

Finance Minister Rod Phillips, added that in order to ensure people and businesses reopen safely, contact testing and tracing needs to be enhanced to make residents feel more confident in going back to work.

Ontario is currently in Stage One of reopening the economy— there are three stages part of the Phase Two process.

Phase Two is restarting the economy in a phased and gradual approach.

For stage one, which began on May 19, select workplaces and outdoor recreational activities reopened.

For stage two, more workplaces and other outdoor activities as well as allowing some larger gatherings could be allowed.

In the province, coronavirus cases have been fluctuating around the 300 and 400 mark.

Over the last three days cases have been below 400, with 344 reported on Friday, 356 on Thursday and 338 on Wednesday.

But on Thursday, Health Minister Christine Elliot said the overall trend of coronavirus cases is gradually declining.

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