COVID-19: Mayor Watson’s private comments on Stage 2 restrictions differ from public action, says Ford

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The message from Minister of Health Christine Elliott was quite different.

“We consider a consistent set of issues every time we are asked to make a decision about whether an area should be moved to a modified Stage 2 or not,” she said, including the number of new ones. cases, the capacity of the health system to test, trace and manage cases, beds and ventilators available in ICUs, and conversation with the local medical officer of health.

She also suggested that Ottawa show progress on slowing the transmission of COVID-19, saying the region is doing “very well”.

As to what that will mean at the end of the 28-day period for which the amended Stage 2 restrictions were originally applied, Elliott said the province “will be monitoring these numbers very closely … to see if any of these provisions can be waived, but it just depends on how the numbers are going, it is still too early to tell. ”

Along with Toronto and Peel, Ottawa returned to modified Stage 2 on October 10.

Province announces budget date

Ontario will release a budget on November 5, the provincial government said on Monday, providing a three-year perspective that will build on investments previously announced in the province’s response to COVID-19.

Ford presented the upcoming budget as a “road map” to “guide us through this time of enormous uncertainty” and sent a message to Ontario businesses and entrepreneurs: “We listened to you, we have you. heard loud and clear. You need more support, you need more help with fixed costs. ”

Ford also noted that, “I just don’t believe in taxes, or tax increases, as a solution to our problems. We need to be there for our businesses and the people who built them, and put more money in their pockets instead of the government.

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