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The Ontario Government announced Monday a regional approach to continuing to open the economy. The new stage of opening factors in a new regional approach. This means areas outside of the Greater Toronto Area will be able to open more so than businesses located in Toronto.
Throughout Ontario, Ontarians will be able to gather in groups of 10. Places of worship will be able to open as long as they adhere to certain safety guidelines (30% capacity). Hairdressers and barbers can reopen as well. Restaurant patios will also be able to open and will be given extra space to better social distance and stretch capacity.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford made the announcement at Queen’s Park. The statement marked a departure from his earlier strategy of a full provincial staged opening. The idea to focus regionally allows areas outside Toronto to reassume a certain level of normalcy, pending levels of infection do not spike.
During the press conference Ford pleaded with Torontonians to continue to remain patient. Rates of infection in Toronto must continue to lower before the city can enter Stage 2. He said he is confident Torontonians will continue to practice all necessary health and safety steps during this critical time.