By Arpandeep Kaur
As the number of Covid – 19 cases in Ontario continue to fall, (you should put the hyperlink on Covid-19) the province will move into step one of its roadmap to reopen (Roadmap to Reopen should be capitalized) at 12:05 am on June 11. Almost 70% of the 18+ population in Ontario has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
“Thanks to the ongoing success of Team Ontario’s vaccine rollout and the ongoing improvements in public health trends, we are able to enter step one of the Roadmap and begin to safely and cautiously lift restrictions,” said Premier Doug Ford.
He also thanked Ontarians for all the sacrifices that made the reopening possible. “The only reason we’re able to do so is because of the enormous sacrifices made by individuals, families and communities across Ontario. As we begin to enjoy the benefits of the first step in our roadmap like meeting friends on a patio or visiting your favorite local store, please do so safely by continuing to follow all public health guidelines.”
The overall situation in Ontario showed continued improvements in the Public Health and health system indicators, starting right from May 25, 2021.
Today, Ontario reported 469 cases which is 194 less than the cases reported yesterday. Data shows a decreasing trend in the number of people admitted to ICU’s.
“Thanks to the tremendous efforts of every Ontarian, beginning June 11 we will be able to cautiously lift public health measures in the settings we know are safest,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. She adds that all the Ontarians shall follow the guidelines and restrictions in place.
(This paragraph should be near the top. This is what people care most about.) The reopening plan permits more limited outdoor activities which includes catching up with friends on patios, outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people, opening of theatres and cinemas for the purpose of rehearsals, Outdoor horse racing tracks and motor speedways permitted to operate without spectators, and outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity and other restrictions.
Some indoor activities such as, religious services, rites and ceremonies, including wedding and funeral services will be limited to 15 per cent capacity. Ontario government is enabling students for an outdoor end of year celebration. There will be proper supervision for 21 days to evaluate results and any further impact. Step two of the roadmap is suspected to be issued soon, if situation remains under control.