Premier Ford Announcement at 3 p.m. Regarding Plan to Reopen


The Victoria Day long weekend could mark the beginning of Ontario’s return to normal as COVID-19 cases fall, and the number of Ontarians with at least one dose of vaccine surges.

The Ford government is expected to unveil a reopening plan on Thursday that could allow for some outdoor activities to resume as early as this weekend.

Premier Doug Ford will be joined by Health Minister Christine Elliott and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams at Queen’s Park for the announcement at 3 p.m. Ford will reportedly announce a sector-by-sector reopening, instead of a regional approach.

Expectation is that the plan will be slowly phased in over the summer months, after the stay-at-home order lifts on June 2. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said that while the province continues to make headway on a reopening plan, she hinted that sectors could simply open up province-wide in an effort to limit people from “region hopping” and travelling to a jurisdiction with less stringent restrictions.

In past versions of Ontario’s colour-coded framework, the province witnessed firsthand what could happen if public health units are governed by differing health guidelines. Residents from one area would travel to a neighbouring public health unit with fewer restrictions. The framework, which split up public health units in different colours based on restrictions, was previously in place across Ontario during the second and third waves of COVID-19.

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