Ford ‘won’t set hard dates’ for reopening, saying Ontario must see drop in new COVID-19 cases first – CBC News

From CBC News: Ontario must see a “consistent two-to-four week decrease in the number of new daily COVID-19 cases” before the government can start loosening restrictions and begin reopening the economy, says a new framework for reopening released Monday.

The province will reopen its economy through a three-stage process in the coming weeks and months, says the document, though there’s no firm date as to when that will begin.

According to the province, the stages for reopening are as follows:

  • Stage 1: Select workplaces that can “immediately meet” public health guidance and some outdoor spaces such as parks
  • Stage 2: More workplaces based on risk assessments, which could include some service industries and retail; and some larger gatherings.
  • Stage 3: Further relax restrictions on public gatherings and open all work places “responsibly.” Even in this phase, however, “large gatherings such as concerts and sporting events will continue to be restricted for the foreseeable future.”

Each stage will last at least two to four weeks, at which point Ontario’s chief medical officer of health will be able to tighten certain restrictions, extend the stage or advise that the province can move into the next phase.

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