Premier Doug Ford says "more good news" will be announced Thursday when the province reveals its next steps in reopening Ontario's economy, which includes the opening of some low-risk, seasonal and essential workplaces.
Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips says the next steps will be in line with the first stage of the province's three-stage approach:
- opening select workplaces that can meet current public health guidelines
- allowing essential gatherings of a limited number of people
- opening some outdoor spaces
- continued protections for vulnerable populations
According the province's framework for reopening the economy, each stage will last for approximately 2-4 weeks in order to allow for monitoring of any impacts or potential resurgence of cases.
Premier Doug Ford is set to provide his almost daily update on COVID-19 in Ontario this afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
It is expected that Ford will announce the extension of Ontario's state of emergency until June 2.
He will be joined by Christine Elliot, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, and Paul Calandra, Government House Leader, to make the announcement.
Village Media will carry the livestream.