Here’s What Ford May Be Announcing Today About Ontario's Reopening Plan

Restrictions on outdoor activities could reportedly be lifted in the coming days.

Here’s What Ford May Be Announcing Today About Ontario's Reopening Plan
Toronto Associate Editor

The Ontario government may announce its new incremental reopening plan on Thursday, including plans to lift restrictions on outdoor amenities, reports say.

Ontario's Health Minister Christine Elliott mentioned earlier this week that recreation like golf and tennis could be given the green light "on or before" June 2, but now it seems that the restrictions could lift in time for the upcoming long weekend, according to The Toronto Star.

Outdoor gatherings of up to five could also be allowed in time for the holiday weekend, reports the Globe and Mail. Outdoor fitness classes and patio dining, however, will likely not resume until June.

"We know that we have to take very careful steps because the last thing that we want in the province of Ontario is a fourth wave," said Elliott according to the Star.

Provincial officials have selected May 25 as the date to reopen outdoor amenities, iPolitics reports.

While the province works out the details of its gradual reopening plan, Premier Ford has already approved camps to reopen for children this summer.

The previous colour-coded framework used for reopening in Ontario will also be replaced by a different strategy. Elliott said it will be based on "what different types of sectors could perhaps be reopened and what their specific needs and timelines are."

What "life after vaccination" could look like in Canada

Dr. Tam recently released a "roadmap" of what life could look like when vaccination targets are reached in Canada.

The map says that by summer, outdoor activities like camping, hiking, picnics, and patios will once again be permitted.

Come fall, family gatherings, indoor sports, and campus life can resume, as long as 75% of Canadians have received at least their first dose, and 20% have their second.

Alex Arsenych
Toronto Associate Editor