While the province continues another week of lockdown, Doug Ford has given residents a little bit of hope. In a press conference on Thursday, the premier addressed the cases of COVID-19 in Ontario and stated that the province was "getting close" to starting its re-opening plans. In fact, Ford even stated that businesses should "get ready" as the curve begins to flatten.

During Thursday's press conference, Ford unveiled further details on how the province will proceed to reopen its economy.

A total of 60 labour guidelines, which businesses will be forced to follow once given the green light to resume operations, were handed out by the government on Thursday in a hopeful glimpse at how we could return to normal life.

The sector-specific guidelines will be put in place to protect workers, customers, and the public from facing a second wave of COVID-19.

"We all want to reopen our businesses, services, and favourite places across the province, but we must do it in a safe and responsible way," Ford said on Thursday.

"I want companies to start getting ready, we are getting close. I am giving you hope. We are getting close, get ready."

"Based on health and science, we need to continue to see the curve flatten... not just for a few days, but for a couple of weeks."

"There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Today, we are telling our businesses how to be ready for when we get that green light. We are on the path to reopening the economy because that curve is flatting."

Despite the hopeful news, the government is reminding residents that it will remain committed to taking a careful approach to loosening emergency measures.

Last week, the premier stated that the province reopening by the Victoria Day long weekend is "absolutely not going to happen."

However, the government will start phase one of its reopening plans when they see a two to four-week steady decline in new cases.

Ontario experienced its lowest daily increase in COVID-19 cases in weeks on Wednesday.

However, an additional 459 cases of the virus were confirmed on Thursday, with the province having its deadliest 24 hours so far.