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Restrictions could loosen by Victoria Day? “THAT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT GOING TO HAPPEN,” FORD

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Published on April 25, 2020 with No Comments

“There’s never going to be one date that we just open up the economy. We’re going to open it up with a trickle, and just let it flow from there.”

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has clarified his suggestion that the Victoria Day long weekend might be a target date for reopening the province’s economy. “That is absolutely not going to happen,” Ford told a news conference when asked again specifically if the May long weekend was a target date. “There’s never going to be one date that we just open up the economy. We’re going to open it up with a trickle, and just let it flow from there.”

Earlier, speaking at a radio program “The Morning Rush with Bill Carroll” in Ottawa, Ford said he and his team are working on a framework on how to reopen the economy safely in the coming weeks and months and suggested the Victoria Day long weekend may be a target.

Carroll asked Ford whether he sees Ontarians having more freedom to be social by the May long weekend than they do now. “If we continue down the road we’re going publicly, yes, we can see things loosening up a bit,” Ford said. “People want hope. Everyone has a concern, no matter how old they are, they want to get out there.”

Ford has said he’s been facing increasing pressure from businesses and even members of his own family to get people back to work, especially in light of new data released this week that suggests Ontario is in better shape than first predicted.

“Our biggest fear, and the public’s biggest fear, is a spike again and it comes back for a second wave. That’s what keeps me up at night.”

The state of emergency in Ontario is in effect until May 12. Victoria Day is May 18 this year.

 

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