Torontonians didn’t receive the news they were hoping for this afternoon, as the city wasn’t approved to enter Stage 2 of reopening the economy.
During his daily COVID briefing, Premier Doug Ford said the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local medical officers of health, is enabling more regions of the province to enter Stage 2 of the government’s reopening framework. Unfortunately, this doesn’t include Toronto.
Ford said these regions are able to reopen due to positive trends of key public health indicators at the local level, including the lower transmission 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.
As of Friday, June 19, 2020, at 12:01 am, the following regions are allowed to enter Stage 2:
- Durham Region Health Department;
- Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit;
- Halton Region Health Department;
- Hamilton Public Health Services;
- Lambton Health Unit;
- Niagara Region Public Health Department; and
- York Region Public Health Services.
“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 Ford.
“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.”
Premier Ford Provides a COVID-19 Update https://t.co/O2k0vxLLel
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) June 15, 2020
More to come.
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