Ford made the remarks during his daily briefing at Queen’s Park on Friday, when he also announced measures to help small business owners and homeowners hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We will be releasing our framework for reopening the Ontario economy. It will provide a gradual and measured approach to openness, “said Ford.
“Let me be clear: the health and safety of Ontario will always be a priority.”
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Ford said on Tuesday it was pushing to reopen the economy after health officials said the province had reached its peak in cases of community spread of the new coronavirus.
Ford has also repeatedly stated that the reopening of sectors of the Ontario economy will be gradual and dependent on the decline in the number of cases.
He warned that a complete return to normal without a vaccine would be “life-threatening.”
Return to normal without vaccine puts “lives at risk,” says Doug Ford
Prime Minister invited to press conference on Friday if parts of the province not hard hit by COVID-19, such as rural communities in the northern regions of the province, could open sooner than urban areas.
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Ford warned of this, saying that all regions of the province are connected.
Ontario reported 640 new cases of coronavirus on Friday morning as testing has increased dramatically in the past few weeks.
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