Ontario to enter step one of reopening plan on June 11

  • Ontario to enter step one of reopening plan on June 11

Ontario to enter step one of reopening plan on June 11

The stated benchmarks for entering Stage 2 are having 70 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 18 with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 20 per cent with their second doses. In addition, one million have a fully inoculated, or 8.4% of those eligible. There are now 497 patients in intensive care units, including 31 patients from Manitoba compared with 687 patients two weeks ago. The testing positivity rate is 3.6%. Remember way back last summer in August we were talking about numbers of 60 to 80 cases in a day for the whole province. There were 525 new cases reported on June 6.

Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, said that he hopes to see daily COVID-19 cases come down below 500 this week and ICU admissions come down below 400, now at 497 across the province. "Non-essential businesses that have been closed for a while, while be able to open up at 15% capacity too, so it's good for our local business community".

Essential and other select retail permitted at 25% capacity, and retailers can sell all goods.

Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity and other restrictions. Any in-person school year celebrations will need to meet specific requirements.

You will still be required to wear a mask indoors, maintain a two-meter distance from other people outside your bubble, and continue to wash your hands.

The province is expected to stay in Stage 1 for 21 days, but there's reason to believe the government may cut that slightly short if the province's key health indicators continue to improve as they have been: the government would prefer to move to Stage 2 for Canada Day if at all possible, which is only 20 days from June 11. "By continuing to follow public health advice and measures we can continue to reduce transmission, safeguard health system capacity and save lives".

"Thanks to the ongoing success of Team Ontario's vaccine rollout and the ongoing improvements in public health trends, we are able to enter step one of the Roadmap and begin to safely and cautiously lift restrictions", said Premier Doug Ford.

The province had originally planned to move to the first step of its reopening plan next week.

The government previously said the first step in the three-pronged reopening plan would begin the week of June 14.

Top Ontario health officials said the Delta variant has been detected across the province and it will likely become the dominant strain, as has been the case earlier in the pandemic with more aggressive COVID-19 variants.