Ford government to release Stage 3 timeline this week: sources

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Major government sources have confirmed that Premier Doug Ford will unveil plans to enter Ontario in Stage 3 of the reopening process on Monday.As with phase 2, the deployment of phase 3 should also be undertaken with a regional approach in mind.

According to the government’s framework for the reopening of the province, which was made public at the end of April, stage 3 would see:

  • responsible opening of all workplaces
  • Further relax restrictions on public gatherings. Large public gatherings such as concerts and sporting events will continue to be limited for the foreseeable future.
  • Continuous protection for vulnerable populations and continued practice of physical distance, hand washing and respiratory hygiene, and important mitigation plans to limit health risks.

Among the companies likely to receive the green light to reopen in stadium 3 are gymnasiums and fitness centers, cinemas and indoor restaurants for restaurants and bars.

Ford announced on Friday that the province is “very, very close” to entering phase 3.

“We just want to see a steady downward trend and we have done it,” said Ford. “We have had some little traffic jams in the migrant worker community that we are overcoming and they are working hard.”

The Prime Minister has indicated that major concerts and sporting events will likely remain banned.

“When it comes to concerts or the baseball game, we still can’t go to a baseball game and put 30,000 people in the stands or any other concert that might take place,” said Ford.

Ontario entered phase 1 on May 19, which included resuming certain surgeries, lifting restrictions on retail stores with street entry, golf courses, marinas, grooming. animals and veterinary appointments as well as construction.

On June 19, the province adopted a phased approach for Stage 2, with all regions of Ontario being allowed to reopen their economies further, with the exception of Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex. This stage saw social gatherings grow from five to 10 people and allow businesses like bars, restaurants, hair salons, and malls to reopen with appropriate physical distance measures.

Toronto, Peel Region and most of Windsor-Essex were given the go-ahead to enter Stage 2 less than a week later on June 24, while the other two cities of Kingsville and Leamington were allowed to join the rest of the province’s reopening plan on July 7. .

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