TORONTO — As of Wednesday, the Windsor-Essex region will move into Stage Three of re-opening.
The Ontario government made the announcement following the region’s decline in new COVID-19 cases over the last week and an increased capacity at local hospitals — both factors the government has outlined as key criteria for moving forward.
Over the weekend, only 11 new cases were reported.
“Thanks to the collective efforts of our frontline healthcare workers, public-health experts and the people of Windsor-Essex, more businesses in the region can hang up their ‘Open-for-Business’ sign and more people can go back to work as of this Wednesday,” said Premier Doug Ford in a press statement. “As all of Ontario now enters into Stage Three, I ask everyone to remain on their guard and keep following the public-health measures to protect the tremendous progress we’ve made and keep this deadly virus at bay.”
In Stage Three, indoor activities, such as indoor dining in restaurants, live performing arts shows and the re-opening of movie theatres and playgrounds — with significant health-and-safety measures in place, including physical distancing, enhanced cleaning protocols and Plexiglas barriers — can resume. Also allowed are indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people. However, according to the plan, physical distancing remains a requirement for all people who are not from the same household or established social circle.