Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. Ideally, we would like Rt to drop when we enter phase three but any number less than 1.0 is tolerable. All regions in the province can enter Stage 3 on Friday at 12:01 a.m., with the exception of the following: Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she wants to see the government help businesses with added costs as a result of public health requirements for supplies like personal protective equipment and plexiglass. Gyms and fitness studios can also reopen with safety protocols in place. Rt value should be below 1 and all metrics should be green for three weeks after each stage of re-opening. Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner raised concerns about how the province will ramp up contact tracing, as the rollout of an app meant to help that process was delayed. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem.
Party Leader Andrea Horwath called for the Progressive Conservative government to create a fund to help businesses with those costs. “The last thing this province needs is to take one step forward and two steps back,” she said in a statement. Organized sports can also resume, with the exception of contact sports. This story was updated to include more details on stage three and reaction from opposition parties and the Ontario Hospital Association. “Does this feel safe to you?
Furness says that the fact that there still remains uncertainty around the safety of opening schools makes him wonder about the safety of opening bars, casinos, and escape rooms because that will elevate the risk of community spread, and affect the possibility of opening schools. An over-hyped COVID-19 pandemic narrative is being utilized to create unnecessary panic and to justify the systemic violation of the rights and freedoms that form the basis of our society, including our Constitutional rights, sovereignty, privacy, rule of law, financial security, and even our very democracy. “I think the regular patrons of these facilities would like to have them available on a regular basis and I think they would want everybody to follow the rules accordingly, so that they can enjoy those facilities as well as the business being given to the organizations,” Williams said.