|Toronto is officially ready to move into Stage 2 of the reopening process|
Toronto is officially ready to move into Stage 2 of the reopening process, according to provincial health officials — and we'll be doing so a lot sooner than expected.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford confirmed during his daily press conference on Monday afternoon that Toronto hair salons, restaurants and all other business types listed under Stage 2 would be allowed to reopen this Wednesday, June 24, as of 12:01 a.m.
That's less than 48 hours away, meaning you could literally be chilling on a patio with a fresh fade by lunchtime on Wednesday.
The same can be said for residents of Peel Region, which was also just approved to reopen on Wednesday.
Windsor-Essex is now the only part of Ontario that remains in Stage 1 due to its relatively high number of new COVID-19 cases (the vast majority of which are now being diagnosed among migrant workers on farms.)
The quick turnaround, while welcomed by many, comes as a slight surprise given how the government has reopened other regions of the province so far: The first 24 were announced on Monday, June 8, with restrictions to be lifted the following Friday.
Seven more regions were green lit last Monday, but again, they weren't allowed to officially enter Stage 2 until last Friday.
Many were hopeful, expectant even, that Toronto would be approved to enter Stage 2 this afternoon, but the Wednesday lifting of Stage 1 restrictions is something nobody saw coming.
That's not to say we're mad about it.
After more than three months of pandemic-mandated closures, Wednesday can't come soon enough for some Toronto residents.
Blog TO 6/22/2020