Reopening Ontario after COVID-19
On April 27, 2020, the Government released A Framework for Reopening our Province, which outlines the principles the government will use to reopening businesses, services and public spaces in gradual stages. The government will reopen Ontario businesses and public spaces gradually. This will be based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Each stage will last for approximately two-to-four week periods to allow for close monitoring of any impacts or potential resurgence of cases.
Examples of the Government’s gradual approach to reopening Ontario include:
Stage 1 (Initially consider): For businesses that were ordered to close or restrict operations, opening select workplaces that can immediately meet or modify operations to meet public health guidance and occupational health and safety requirements (e.g., curbside pick-up or delivery). Opening some outdoor spaces like parks and allow for a greater number of individuals to attend some events. Continued protections for vulnerable populations and the continued practice of physical distancing, hand washing and respiratory hygiene, and significant mitigation plans to limit health risks. Hospitals beginning to offer some non-urgent and scheduled surgeries and other health care services.
Stage 2 (If the initial loosening of public health measures is successful, consider): Opening more workplaces, based on risk assessments, which may include some service industries, and additional office and retail workplaces. Opening more outdoor spaces and allowing some larger public gatherings.
Stage 3 (If the loosening of public health measures continue to be successful, consider): Opening of all workplaces responsibly and further relaxing of restrictions on public gatherings.