Most of Ontario enters first stage of reopening, loosening COVID-19 restrictions

Eloise Marshall
June 11, 2021

The province is also encouraging unvaccinated residents in those areas - Toronto, Peel, Halton, Porcupine, Waterloo, York and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph - to get immunized.

Experts, including the scientific director of the province's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, have said Ontario should focus second dose efforts where the variant has taken off. "We can look forward to a much better summer".

"We have got vaccine into people, so now it's a matter of just double vaccinating in the hotspots, and if we do that I think we should be able to get on top of Delta without too many problems, and without seeing a big major resurgence".

"We can all be proud of the progress we have made together", Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said. "That gives it a survival advantage, including immune escape and potentially vaccine breakthroughs", Muhajarine said.

Ontario reported on Thursday 590 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 more deaths linked to the virus.

For those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine, the Ford government has kept the recommended interval at 12 weeks if you received it as your first dose, regardless of what kind of vaccine you plan to get as your second dose.

But the reopening shouldn't be accelerated, says Deonandan, in the first stage, most activities are low-risk, such as outdoor dining.

Donald Trump reportedly hopes to be reinstated as President in August
Trump and his political allies have long accused social media companies of being hostile to conservative viewpoints. The link to the website now directs visitors to a page encouraging them to sign up for alerts from Donald Trump .


This week, individuals aged 70 and up, as well as individuals who had a first dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine on or before April 18, were allowed to book a second shot. Mertz says he doesn't expect to see a major increase in case numbers due to the province's reopening.

As for hospitals, normal operations could resume by mid-July with the modelling predicting fewer than 200 patients in the ICU by then.

The appointment can be booked through the Ontario booking system and directly through public health units that use their own booking system.

Dr. Julie Emili, the associate medical officer of health in Waterloo Region, told council Wednesday evening that as new variants come in, they tend to be more transmissible.

She said Public Health Ontario has changed its testing strategy, and with less cases coming in, they're able to dedicate more tests specifically for the Delta variant.

During the week of June 20, the province will also be hosting pop-up clinics at workplaces in the Toronto and Peel regions.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER