The timeline on reopening the province is still very much up in the air. Premier Doug Ford released Ontario's COVID-19 framework on Monday, April 27, which gave early indications about how the province plans to reopen. And, at his news briefing, Ford revealed there is a three-step plan in place.

Ford and Ontario staff were speaking to reporters on Monday afternoon, stating that their efforts to combat the pandemic has paid off.

The Premier had suggested on Friday, April 24, that the province would release its tentative modelling for relaunching the provincial economy early this week, per CP24.

And on Monday, early details were finally made public.

The framework outlines three phases, according to a release by the government.

Phase 1, "protect and support," is the phase Ontario has been in for some time now, closing non-essential businesses and services and practicing health and safety measures.

Phase 2, "restart," involves three distinct stages.

The first includes reopening businesses that can modify their operations to meet current public health standards. It also includes opening some outdoor spaces like parks and even allowing some events to recommence.

Stage two includes opening more workplaces like service industries, offices, and retail employers. This also includes potentially opening some larger public gathering areas and more outdoor spaces open.

The final third stage then focuses on opening all other workplaces in the province responsibly and relaxing restrictions of public gatherings.

However, the provincial release states each stage will be monitored for a minimum of two to four weeks, and health guidelines must be met at all stages for this framework to be followed.

After "restart" comes "recover," although there is no indication of when the province might get to that point.

"The framework is about how we’re reopening, not when we’re reopening. Let me be crystal clear, as long as this virus remains a threat to Ontario, we will continue to take every precaution necessary, we will continue to act based on the best advice available to us," said Ford during the press briefing.

Over the weekend, Ontario's jump in new cases was actually the lowest it has been in weeks. In fact, per CTV News, the number of new cases has now fallen for each of the last three days in a row, even if deaths are still climbing.

However, Ontario's Associate Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, had warned on Friday that even though the province appears to be in its peak period for community spread, that peak could last several weeks yet.

Late last week, several walking trails in Kingston Region reopened to the public as a result of the area's low case numbers.

And just this weekend, the province amended an emergency order to allow community gardens to stay open as "essential" sites for food sources.

However, Ford had previously warned that schools would be among the last institutions to reopen and that they would definitely be staying closed until at least May 29.

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