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Ford government says announcement about reopening the economy not happening Monday

Last Updated Feb 3, 2021 at 5:50 pm EST


Ford says announcement on reopening economy could come as soon as Monday

Ontario has been under a stay-at-home order since Jan. 14

Health experts have urged the province not to open schools and ease restrictions at the same time

A spokesperson with the Ontario government told CityNews that no announcement has been scheduled regarding the reopening of the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, even though Premier Doug Ford said there likely would be.

Ford made the comments during a photo opportunity at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Wednesday afternoon.

The premier said he is meeting with his cabinet in the afternoon, after which time they will have a better idea of the timing and will make an announcement “probably on Monday.”

“Our goal is to open up the economy safely, I know a couple of the hot zones might be a week later. But, especially in the northern and rural areas, we want to get the economy opening up, but safely. That’s the number one priority,” said Ford.

Ford’s comments were made ahead of the province’s decision to reopen schools and resume in-person learning starting Feb. 8.

Health experts have been calling for the government to not ease restrictions and re-open schools at the same time.

The province has been under a stay-at-home order since Jan. 14 when Ford declared a second state of emergency since the pandemic started last March. It is expected to end on Feb. 9, unless the order is extended.