It looks like Ontarians will have to wait a little longer for things to return back to normal. The provincial government announced that it will be pausing Ontario's reopening plan due to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases. 

Christine Elliott, Ontario's minister of health, made the announcement during a press conference on Tuesday. 

We will be taking a pause of four weeks [...] before considering any further loosening of public health measures.


Christine Elliott 

In the conference, Elliott announced that "the latest trends and numbers have raised some concern, especially as we begin to reopen schools." 

Due to this, the province will not be looking to loosen restrictions or open additional businesses within the next month. 

"We do need to ensure that the progress we have made is not lost. Taking a pause in further reopening at this time will help us to avoid returning to broad-scale closures and shutdowns," said Elliott.

Ontario reported 185 new cases of COVID-19 on September 8 with 190 on Monday.

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