Sources say Ontario is considering exiting Stage 3 next week


CTV News Toronto has learned that the Kovid-19 situation is improving in the province, as health officials say Toronto-Ontario is contemplating further easing of the sanctions and the announcement may come as of Friday.

Sources say that Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his cabinet are expected to consider a new proposal this week.

Sources said the government is planning to announce this Friday and implement the plan by next Monday.

Ontario is in phase 3 of “Roadmap to Re Open” from July. The increase in COVID-19 cases in August prevented the province from exiting Phase 3.

Exiting step 3 of the guideline means that capacity limitations can be increased in many settings but the details of which constraints are loosened are not confirmed.

Sources said the interior mask requirements will remain in force.

In an earlier statement to CTV News Toronto on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health said Ontario had the lowest rate of active Covid-19 cases in the country.

“We are now able to see what public health measures we can take while maintaining our caution,” a ministry spokesman said.

CityViews contacted the Toronto Ford office Wednesday night but did not respond.

The lowest number of new COVID-19 cases has been reported since Wednesday in Ontario, with 306 new infections reported.

The province’s seven-day rolling continues to decrease as a result of routine infections, now reaching about 500, down from 565 the previous week.

On Saturday, Ontario lifted capacity restrictions for some large venues, such as those used for concerts, sports and movies.

The Toronto Maple Leafs held their home opener Wednesday in front of a full-fledged crowd.

Speaking to CP24 on Wednesday evening, Toronto’s health care physician said the return of the leaves was a “necessary boost” for many in the city and health restrictions meant the place was safe.

He said there were “active discussions” on whether capacity restrictions could be loosened in other areas.

The restaurant industry, which is still limited to a 50 percent capacity limit, expressed its frustration with the provincial government this week because no plans have been released to ease restrictions on their businesses.

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