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Ontario government working on a plan to further lift COVID-19 measures

DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

DURHAM/KAWARTHA: The Ontario provincial government is coming up with a plan to lift more COVID-19 health measures. Premier Doug Ford announced this during a press conference, held on Friday, October 15th.

“Here in Ontario, hospitalizations and ICU admissions have remained stable, as our daily case counts have declined. Even weeks after, we began in-class learning. Because of the success, because so many of you have rolled up your sleeves, we’re now able to finalize our plans to exit Step Three of the ‘Roadmap to Reopen’ and cautiously lift more public health measures,” Premier Ford told reporters.

The Premier also hinted at what the plan could entail, should another surge in COVID-19 cases occur, somewhere in the province.

“If additional measures are necessary, they will be localized, tailored and aimed at limiting disruption to businesses and families. This is not just a plan for the short term, but for the long term as well,” he said.

The plan is expected to be announced this week.

“We’re preparing a consolidated plan for this government to review next week, and I would ask that all business partners stay tuned. We will provide dates, data and timelines [for when] we anticipate further reopening of the economy, and a staged, phased, cautious approach [which] will best protect Ontarians and our businesses, [allowing] us to step forward, not backwards,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore explained.

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