It looks like Torontonians could be stuck in lockdown longer than the rest of Ontario. Mayor John Tory revealed on Friday that the government's three-step plan to reopen the province's economy could see a longer timeline in the GTA. The move would allow Toronto's reopening plan to keep the city under lock and key.
In an interview with CP24, Tory announced that as the province starts to slowly reopen, he wants to ensure that Toronto and the GTA are ready before making any big moves.
This means that the beginning of Ontario's stage two would be pushed back in the city.
“It doesn’t have to be that one part is open and one part is closed indefinitely, but maybe you can have a much longer period before the implementation of the next thing to allow Toronto and the GTA to take a little longer,” Tory told CP24 on Friday morning.
“As much as people won’t want to hear me say that, I think it is sensible,” he added.
The announcement comes after 383 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Ontario on Thursday.
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More than half — 201 cases — of the new infections were from Toronto.
“There is a difference obviously just based on the numbers between what is going on in Toronto versus Sudbury, versus Sault St. Marie. There is a difference, and we have to acknowledge that,” Tory concluded.
Despite his take on needing a regional reopening strategy, Premier Doug Ford has continuously rejected the idea and has said that when Ontario reopens, it will be done as a unit.
“I have to follow science and medical advice. I always have, I always will,” the premier said during a press conference Thursday.
Ford has made it clear that the decision will be left up to the province’s health officials.
However, the Peel Region has already made the decision to open up more slowly than the rest of Ontario.
While parts of the province started to reopen outdoor amenities such as dog parks, the region decided to keep them closed for the time being.