Part of Ontario Enters Phase 2
CBJ — Ontario Premier Doug Ford has outlined his province’s plan for moving into Phase 2 of the COVID-19 crisis. That is, some of the province. While a large geographic area of Ontario can open up, it does not include the Golden Horseshoe region, which runs from Niagara, through Hamilton, Toronto and out towards Kingston. That part of the province accounts for the vast majority of businesses and residents.
However, citizens outside the region will soon be allowed to gather in groups of 10, up from five. Additionally, there will be an expansion of businesses being allowed to operate.
Twenty-four of Ontario’s 34 public health units will be allowed to move into Phase 2 starting on June 12. The remaining 10 regional health units, mostly in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and near the U.S.-Canada border, will need to wait until new daily case numbers of COVID-19 consistently decrease.
Ford announced that Ontario will ban commercial evictions, effective as of June 3, until the end of August. The premier said too many landlords have not been listening to his appeal for a grace period for tenants, prompting the province to order this legislation.