Province easing restrictions on some outdoor activities this weekend

Province easing restrictions on some outdoor activities this weekend

Beginning this Saturday, some outdoor recreation can resume including golf, tennis and soccer with restrictions.

The province i however easing up on some restrictions for the coming May long weekend.

She said gatherings tend to be amongst friends and family, and urged people to continue following all public health guidelines to prevent further spread of the disease.

COVID-19 cases are falling steadily in Ontario, and new government modeling showed that if restrictions were maintained until mid-June, cases would likely remain under control. "But I can say these measures have worked. Collectively as Ontarians we have saved thousands of lives and that is thanks to your sacrifices", said Premier Ford. Today we are seeing increasing positive trends.

"We're now in a position to look at a slow and measured reopening of the province", Ford said.

"We expect to enter step one of the roadmap around the week of June 14th", Christine Elliot stated.

Ontario will remain in each step for at least three weeks, based on vaccine uptake and the province meeting key health indicators like daily case counts and the number of hospitalizations.

Step one of the province's reopening plan will see some non-essential retail reopen with 15 per cent capacity limits, allow outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, and outdoor restaurant dining with four people at a table.

Cam Carter, president of the Simcoe BIA, says his members have to trust that government officials considered the science when they formulated their three-stage process for returning the province and its economy to normal.

Finally the third stage will begin when Ontario is at 70 to 80 per cent of adults with one dose and 25 per cent fully vaccinated. No outdoor sports or recreational classes are permitted.

The second stage will be gatherings up to 25 people, the opening of personal care services where people can wear masks and indoor religious services with a 15 per cent capacity limit.

"Almost 60 per cent of adults have received their first shot, but the speed at which we get through this reopening will come down to one thing: how quickly we get people vaccinated", Ford said.

Because the government's medical advisers can't agree, Ford said the province hasn't decided yet whether schools will reopen before the summer break. "It provides a clear path forward on what can be carefully and safely reopened and when". It could be conversion: Ford watched political observers very almost finish writing the obituary for his career only weeks ago, and that kind of near-death experience might finally have hammered into his head (and the heads of more recalcitrant ministers) that it doesn't matter what your buddy the bar owner says - the virus doesn't care.

"The direction of the pandemic has turned and if we're careful and cautious, we can maintain this momentum", Dr. Steini Brown, co-chair of Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, said.

The City of Mississauga says they will be ready to go for Saturday, May 22nd as well.