With the number of COVID-19 cases dropping dramatically within Ontario, the provincial government is expected to announce the plans to move the province towards a stage 3 opening. The announcement is expected to come on Monday July 13, with a breakdown of the different areas that will be opening.
Premier Ford’s spokesperson Ivana Yelich said “I can confirm details about Stage 3 will be announced tomorrow,”
Ontario had originally entered Stage 1 of reopenings in late May and Stage 2 in a managed, phased effort through June and early July. The next stage could involve the resumption of activities such as indoor dining, bars, movie theatres and gyms.
Mississauga was among the cities who moved to Stage 2 late due to its high number of COVID-19 cases. The province’s previous reopening framework document also said Stage 3 could involve the reopening of casinos, amusement and water parks, and certain indoor sports and related practice sessions. This opens the door for those who have long been craving a return back to a somewhat normal life again.
This can also potentially open the door for facilities like community centres, ensuring that families have an additional option to consider, as the province is showing real consideration of moving back to normal life.
Ontario, with a population of 14.6 million, reported 129 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths on Saturday, according to public health agency data. Given that cases have gone down significantly from average numbers of between two to three hundred cases to the current numbers only provides further evidence of the impact that social distancing has had. Ontario has the second-highest number of cases and deaths behind Quebec.