As the city enters another week of lockdown, many residents are holding onto hope that Toronto's re-opening plan is just around the corner. However, while John Tory is hopeful that we are flattening the curve, he warns that the city won't be the same for a while. Instead, he announced that as Toronto starts to re-open, the "new normal" will be reservations, appointments and pickups for everything.
In an interview with CP24, Toronto's mayor revealed just what Toronto's "new normal" will look like after the lockdown starts to lift.
Just because restaurants and shops will eventually start to open, doesn't mean you can just walk in like we used to be able to.
Tory told CP24 that residents may be looking at a city filled with appointments and curbside pick-ups as it slowly reopens its economy.
In fact, restrictions might be so tight that you might have to make reservations whenever you want to visit your favourite restaurant or patio.
"I think that people should get used to the fact that for a lot of things, they are going to have to make an appointment," Tory said.
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"If you think about how restaurants will reopen, I doubt it is going to be the case they'll just reopen, and you can just wander in off the street and just sit down."
"I think people should get used to a new normal for a while and that they will involve more planning and more appointments to control the number of people that in a place at a given time so the virus doesn't come back," he concluded.
While we still have a long way to go before things return to normal, Ontario has been making progress when it comes to flattening the curve.
In fact, Ford even announced that a small number of businesses could open on May 4 as the province starts to work towards reopening its economy.
Garden centres, landscapers, auto dealerships and essential construction projects all got the green light to restart operations if they follow proper safety procedures.
While it may take a while for the rest of the province to return to the way that things were before the pandemic, these small openings give Ontario hope that we may be on our way.