On Tuesday, May 19 Ontario rolled out Stage 1 of reopening the province. After being on semi-lock down for what seems to be an eternity, are we ready for another new normal?
Retail businesses with a street entrance have been given the green light to open – under strict health and safety protocols. Some seasonal businesses and activities got the go-ahead on May 16. With less than 400 new cases of COVID-19 a day for two weeks, the curve appears to have flattened.
The Ford government’s framework for the reopening unveiled in late April, set out clear public health criteria for beginning to phase out restrictions on businesses and gatherings. They included: a consistent two-to-four week decrease in the number of new daily COVID-19 cases; sufficient acute and critical care hospital capacity to respond to potential surges; and, approximately 90 per cent of new COVID-19 case contacts being reached by local public health officials within one day.