Don't retire your sweat pants just yet. According to the provincial government, working from home in Ontario could be the new norm for the "foreseeable future." As multiple cities continue to enter stage three of the reopening plan, the government is urging people to work remotely if possible.\nIn a statement to Narcity, Emily Hogeveen from the Ministry of Finance stated that public health authorities continue to advise residents to stay home when possible for work.\nAs the province is expected to stay in stage three for quite some time, this advice won't be changing.\nEditor's Choice: Ontario Has A Mysterious Lake On Top Of A Mountain With Beautiful Turquoise Waters\n"The most effective way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission is to maintain physical distancing. Where possible, workers should continue to work from home and meet virtually until public health authorities advise otherwise," wrote Hogeveen in an email.\n"As the province moves into stage 3, the advice to 'Work from home or remotely as much as possible' still stands."\n"Ontario will be in Stage 3 for the foreseeable future so I believe this advice won’t change for now," she concluded.\nAs some businesses and workplaces start to reopen, we all have a part to play to keep each other safe. Wear a non-medical face covering where physical distancing is a challenge. https://t.co/GFHmbnNDEm pic.twitter.com/X9KCqYmG6Z— Ontario Government (@ONgov) July 22, 2020\nWhile it is still unclear exactly how long the province will stay in stage three, Ontario Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, has stated that it will be until we find a vaccine for COVID-19.\nAccording to CTV News, multiple businesses will now be looking at "hybrid models" for work, which would only allow some employees to come back into the office this year.\nIn fact, some Canadian companies have already announced that they will be keeping their offices closed until next year.\nBack in May, Shopify announced that it would be turning into a "digital by default company" and office doors would remain closed until 2021.\nOpenText, an Ontario-based tech company also announced that they would be shifting to mainly remote work.\nThe company even announced that they would be looking at closing nearly half of their offices across the globe.