Mobile sign in image
Sign in
John Tory Says Ontario's Step 3 Needs To End 'Cautiously’ So There Isn't Another Lockdown

Mayor John Tory says there is "no definitive time" for when restrictions will loosen in Ontario, but he did confirm that discussions are ongoing during an interview with Breakfast Television on Thursday morning.

"Well there's discussions that are ongoing, and I've talked to the premier a couple of times about it because you know we're all aware of the fact that we need to have consistent rules and policies that apply across all sectors of the economy and that includes our friends in the restaurant business who have had really big struggles for the last number of months," said Tory.

Tory explained that the province needs to take the time to "get this right" and "appropriately" and "cautiously" lift restrictions to avoid going back into a lockdown and losing the province's progress.

"We have made such progress and the last thing we want is to put ourselves in a position where restrictions could be lifted only to find if it wasn't done the right way that we'd have to go back to a lockdown of some kind."

Tory also acknowledged complaints that restrictions in the past were put into place without enough warning for businesses.

"I have heard [...] that they want to make sure when they make the announcement, they also give time, because it's been a complaint registered before that when some of these changes have taken place people in different kinds of business haven't had enough notice so that they can prepare their inventory, get staff and so on, and this is not a simple proposition these days."

"I can just say that they are working hard to get it done as soon as possible, but again, everything is being done in a responsible way, both from the standpoint of public health but also from the standpoint of recognizing the realities of business."

According to CTV, step three of the reopening plan could end as early as next week.

Stay Informed
Get Toronto's latest and greatest stories every day straight to your inbox.

Doug Ford Is Working On A Plan To Address COVID-19 Surges Locally After Step 3 Ends

The premier dropped a few hints about what an emergency response could look like.

Premier Doug Ford confirmed in a press conference on Friday that plans for Ontario to exit step three are underway and have been for months now.

"Because so many of you have rolled up your sleeves we're now able to finalize our plans to exit step three of the Roadmap to Reopen and cautiously lift more public health measures," said Ford. "The work began months ago, and we are finalizing the plan now."

Keep Reading Show less
@fordnationdougford | Instagram, Government of Ontario

Ontario's new vaccine certificate QR codes are launching today, but only some people will be able to access them at first.

The Ontario government announced that to keep the user experience "smooth" for everyone, they will be giving out access in three waves based on birthdates.

Keep Reading Show less

Here's What Could Change In Ontario After Step 3 Comes To An End

Vaccine certificate rules could reportedly change.

Ontario has been paused in step three of the reopening plan since mid-July 2021, but that could reportedly change very soon.

The Ontario government paused the province's exit from step three in August because of an increase of COVID-19 cases, the data surrounding the Delta variant and the "recent experiences of other jurisdictions," according to the Ontario government website.

Keep Reading Show less

Ontario's Step 3 Could Reportedly End As Early As Next Week

Fingers crossed, we've been in Step 3 since July.🤞

There's a chance that Ontario could be moving out of Step 3 very soon.

According to CTV News Toronto sources, the provincial government is thinking about easing pandemic restrictions with an announcement potentially coming this week due to the improving COVID-19 situation in Ontario.

Keep Reading Show less