The ‘new normal’ is here for awhile

People wait patiently outside a business in long, spaced out, lineups. Direction arrows show customers where to move next. We have mastered physical distancing. Checkout lines seem longer than usual. Cashiers carefully disinfect their terminals before the next customer arrives. Whether we like it or not, physical distancing, masks and hand sanitizing is our new way of life if we are to stay safe.

As we navigate through Stage 2 – and hopefully before the summer is over enter Stage 3, we need to focus on how schools will reopen in September. Getting our kids back to their ‘new normal’ is paramount. By September Ontario children will have been out of class for six months. Not being in school has a devastating social, emotional and mental health impact on our kids. It is important to have a cautious restart – same as ‘opening’ the province or we will be back where we were in March.

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