Here’s how Ontario plans to reopen over the summer months

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has released a three-step reopening plan that will see outdoor and indoor activities and sectors reopen over the coming months. The premier announced the details during a news conference on Thursday, saying that three-step plan would be tied to vaccination rates and intensive care numbers. Some changes to outdoor recreational amenities are also expected to come this weekend, which would see golf courses and tennis courts reopen as early as May 22. Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events will also be expanded on Saturday, which will allow these amenities to be used by up to five people. These amenities include driving ranges, soccer and other sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, and skate

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Woman was shot in Brampton as she went to answer her front door: Peel police

A 58-year-old woman who was seriously injured in a shooting in Brampton Wednesday evening was shot as she went to answer the front door, police say. According to police, two suspects went to a home at Don Minaker Drive and Gore Road and began banging on the door and ringing the doorbell at around 7:30 p.m. on May 19. When the victim went to answer the door, several rounds were fired into the front of the home, striking her, police said. She was transported to hospital with serious injuries[1], but is now in stable condition. Peel police said Thursday that they do not believe she was the intended target and that the suspects may have been targeting someone who previously

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Ontario’s COVID-19 case count could fall to 500 daily by July under possible reopening plan: model

Ontario’s daily COVID-19 case numbers will fall to 1,000 per day in early June and stay there for a month if reopening begins on June 2, but will fall to just a few hundred by the end of July if reopening is delayed to June 16, new modelling data suggests. The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table says that with daily vaccinations running at 130,000 per day as they have been over the past two weeks, the province could see daily cases fall to under 500 per day by July if reopening begins on June 16, with further declines likely by the end of July. If reopening begins immediately after Ontario’s existing emergency stay-at-home order is set to expire on June

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Ont. reports 2,400 new COVID-19 cases today but rolling seven-day average still down

After two consecutive days of daily case counts below 2,000, the number of new COVID-19 infections reported in the province jumped up to 2,400 on Thursday. Today’s total is up significantly from the 1,588 cases confirmed on Wednesday [1]and the 1,616 infections reported on Tuesday but down from the 2,759 cases reported last Thursday. Despite the rise in new infections today, the rolling seven-day average has dropped to 2,131, down from 2,183 on Wednesday and 2,729 last week. The province’s active caseload has also declined to 23,016, down from 29,235 seven days ago. With 45,406 tests processed over the past 24 hours, the province is reporting a positivity rate of 5.2 per cent today, down from 5.7 per cent last

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Ford to release details about Ontario’s reopening plan this afternoon

Premier Doug Ford will hold a press conference this afternoon to release details about Ontario’s long-awaited reopening plan. Ford will be joined by Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams for the 3 p.m. press conference. The announcement comes after several days of speculation about what approach Ontario will take to reopening the economy following the expiration of the stay-at-home order on June 2. Government officials have previously confirmed that the colour-coded framework used to impose public health restrictions this past winter will be scrapped and on Wednesday Solicitor General Sylvia Jones seemed to hint that the Ford government will move away from a “regionalized approach” altogether in favour of a “sector-by-sector” reopening

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Ford government could allow patio dining to resume and non-essential retail to reopen in mid-June: sources

Premier Doug Ford will announce a three-stage reopening plan this afternoon that will allow patio dining to resume and non-essential retail stores to reopen for in-person shopping as early as mid-June, sources tell CTV News Toronto. The sources say that the Ford government intends to reopen golf courses and tennis courts as of Saturday but will not formally proceed with the first stage of its reopening plan until two weeks after 60 per cent of eligible adults have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The sources tell CTV News Toronto that the province will allow non-essential retail stores to reopen with a strict 15 per cent capacity limit during the first stage and will also permit slightly larger outdoor

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Ontario’s reopening plan will allow patio dining and non-essential retail as early as mid-June

  The Ford government has announced a three-stage reopening plan tied to vaccination rates that could allow patio dining to resume and non-essential retail stores to reopen for in-person shopping as early as June. Under the plan announced on Thursday afternoon the Ontario government will begin permitting outdoor gatherings of up to five people as of Saturday while also reopening most recreational amenities, including golf courses, so long as individuals maintain a distance of at least two metres from other people at all times. The first stage of the larger reopening plan would then begin about two weeks after 60 per cent of eligible adults have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The Ford government has set June 14

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Ontario’s reopening plan will allow patio dining and non-essential retail in June

Ontario will embark upon a three-stage reopening plan tied to vaccination rates that could allow patio dining to resume and non-essential retail stores to reopen as early as June while potentially keeping gyms and movie theatres shuttered until later this summer. Under the plan announced on Thursday afternoon the Ontario government will begin permitting outdoor gatherings of up to five people as of Saturday while also reopening most recreational amenities, including golf courses, so long as individuals maintain a distance of at least two metres from other people at all times. The first stage of the larger reopening plan would then begin about two weeks after 60 per cent of eligible adults have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

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Not falling behind anymore: Canada to surpass U.S. in share of population with one COVID-19 vaccine dose

OTTAWA — Canada is expected to move ahead of the United States today in at least one of the markers in the race to herd immunity against COVID-19. By the end of the day nearly 49 per cent of all Canadians should have their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, pushing slightly ahead of the U.S. at just over 48 per cent. Canada is set to get one dose to more than half the population before the end of the long weekend, but remains far back of the pack in the full-vaccination race, with fewer than four per cent of Canadians fully immunized. It is a marked turnaround for Canada, which just one month ago remained well behind the global

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