Premier Doug Ford to Release Strategy to Go Beyond Stage 3 of Ontario’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan – .

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Premier Doug Ford to Release Strategy to Go Beyond Stage 3 of Ontario’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan – .


TORONTO – Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to release the province’s long-term COVID-19 reopening strategy on Friday afternoon.

The province has been in step 3 of its reopening plan for more than three months, which has allowed all domestic services to reopen with capacity limits and public health measures still in place.

The province has since lifted capacity limits on some large venues for sports and concerts, but has made no other changes for other businesses.

CTV News Toronto learned Thursday that capacity restrictions for restaurants and gyms in Ontario could be lifted next Monday. Several sources said Ford’s cabinet also discussed when to recall mandatory masking policies in public places.

Some sources have indicated that spring is a potential deadline to end the masking mandate, while others have said the government intends to slowly withdraw public health measures in January.

The Cabinet was also considering an optional proof of vaccination policy for certain sectors of the economy, which would allow establishments to be at full capacity as long as they require clients or guests to be fully vaccinated.

The Prime Minister will announce the exit strategy on Friday at 2 p.m. alongside Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Kieran Moore and Associate Minister of Digital Government Kaleed Rasheed.

The announcement will be broadcast live on CTVNewsToronto.ca and the CTV News app.

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