COVID-19: Premier pledges ‘surgical approach’ to reopenings; Ontario reports 934 new cases; 58 additional cases in Ottawa
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Several Ontario regions are nearly three weeks into a 28-day period of stricter public health measures, and although Ontario Premier Doug Ford wasn’t making promises Thursday about loosening the restrictions, he expressed his support for a “surgical approach,” going forward.
Asked about what will happen once the 28 days of the future for areas in modified Stage 2 conditions are up, Ford said “We’re working with our health team, and I can’t give you 100 per cent, but really the message, what I’m saying and a lot of our cabinet – we need to take a surgical approach, I’ve always said this.”
He offered an example. In the Peel region, there have been “a few bumps in the road” with Mississauga and Brampton, said Ford, and Caledon is complaining that they’re being punished because the numbers are escalating in other areas.
“I think a surgical approach would be a lot better. We’re working with all of the mayors in all of the different regions,” he said.
The premier also referenced a recent conversation with a restaurant owner, who told him: “nothing is better than letting me open, even under modified conditions.”
In Ottawa, Toronto, and Peel (York Region was added later), indoor dining at bars and restaurants was shut down, indoor gyms and fitness centres closed, and other restrictions imposed as of Oct. 10.
“We’re working on modified conditions, we’re working on coming up with a safe plan with collaboration with all of the local mayors and local health teams, and then we’ll make a decision before this 28 days runs out,” said Ford. “But my goal is to keep people employed and keep people moving forward.”