Canada’s most populous province and the country’s economic engine have established a three-stage framework for reopening in April, allowing the entire province to enter the first stage on May 19. Many regions of the province were able to move on to stage 2 on June 12, which allowed the terraces of restaurants and hair salons to reopen.
But the hardest hit areas – including densely populated Toronto and Windsor Essex, a region near the Ontario-Michigan border with clusters of agricultural workers – were unable to move on to the second stage until the end. June and early July.
Ontario, with a population of 14.6 million, reported 129 new Covid-19 cases and three deaths on Saturday, according to data from the public health agency. Ontario has the second highest number of cases and deaths behind Quebec.
Canada has reported 107,347 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 8,773 deaths, according to the latest government data.