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Windsor Essex Not Moving To Stage 2 Reopening This Week

Monday June 15th, 2020, 1:08pm


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Windsor and Essex County will remain in Stage 1 of the province’s reopening plan and will not move to Stage 2, Premier Doug Ford and provincial officials announced Monday.

The province says the following regions will be allowed to move to Stage 2 on Friday, June 19th, 2020 at 12:01am:

  • Durham Region Health Department;
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit;
  • Halton Region Health Department;
  • Hamilton Public Health Services;
  • Lambton Health Unit;
  • Niagara Region Public Health Department; and
  • York Region Public Health Services.

Ford says Peel Public Health, Toronto Public Health, and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s areas will remain in Stage 1.

“With the public health trends improving day by day across the province, I am hopeful all regions of Ontario will enter Stage 2 very soon,” said Premier Ford. “But we must remain on our guard to prevent any potential surge or secondary wave by continuing to follow the sound advice of our public health officials.”

“For the regions still remaining in Stage 1…we ask you: please be patient, because we can’t let our guard down,” said Ford. “But the good news is the public health trends across the province are going in the right direction.”

The province says Stage 2 regions are allowed to reopen personal care services such as hair salons, beauty salons, day spas, piercings and tattoos, restaurants and bars in outdoor areas, shopping malls, film and tv production, tour and guide services, and others.

When asked specifically about Windsor Essex, Ford said he hopes Windsor Essex will get to Stage 2 shortly. “I ask the people in Windsor to please be patient, and we’re going to get there very, very soon,” he said.

Ontario Minister of Health Christine Elliott says the province is assessing regions constantly but the numbers in Windsor are “still higher than we’d like to see.”

“We’re very close in Windsor,” Elliott said.  “There are a number of people, even including health professionals that work cross border and come back and forth on a daily basis.  I’m sure [reopening] will happen very soon. We just need to get the numbers down a little bit more.”

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