Today, the Ontario government announced that as of this Friday, it is moving forward with a targeted regional approach to Stage 2 of the phased reopening of the province. In regions entering Stage 2, they will see patios, personal care facilities, recreational facilities and other services permitted to open with strict physical distancing in place.
The Premier also announced, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, that effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., in all regions:
The provincial Framework for Reopening Our Province: Stage 2 outlines the details; in regions entering Stage 2 following businesses and services will be permitted to open with the proper health and safety measures in place:
The Ontario government will provide a status update on regions remaining in Stage 1 every Monday and those regions that are ready to proceed to Stage 2, at the end of the week (Friday). Using a targeted regional reopening structure will allow for quick and nimble decision making, while benefitting from the expertise of regional medical officers who are best suited to make decisions on the ground in each region. The weekly assessments and decisions will be made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local health officials and will be based on trends of key public health indicators (lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals and progress in testing).
Regions Remaining in Stage 1:
The regions under the following public health units will remain in Stage 1:
Regions Entering Stage 2 Reopening:
The regions under the following public health units are permitted to move into Stage 2 on Friday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m.:
The province recognizes that certain services will be required across the province as more people return to work. More details will be available soon on child care, summer camps, post-secondary education pilots to help people graduate, training centres and public transit.
Today’s reopening announcement was a cautious first step toward a full province wide Stage 2 reopening, and Premier Ford was clear throughout today’s announcement - they are listening to the advice of the provinces top medical professionals, and by implementing this regional approach the province will remain nimble in their response to the needs of regional medical teams, while respecting the economic need to begin the process of reopening the province. While this is exciting news for regions moving into Stage 2, the public was urged to continue to maintain social distancing, and continue to follow the advice of provincial public health officials.
In addition, the Ontario government announced that it plans to introduce legislation, as soon as possible, to amend the Commercial Tenancies Act and temporarily ban commercial evictions for businesses that are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance. If passed, the legislation would reverse evictions that occurred on or after June 3, 2020 and would make it illegal to evict a commercial tenant until August 31, 2020.
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