Framework for Reopening our Province: Stage 1

Published on May 22, 2020

As the trend in COVID-19 cases declines, our PC government continues to make progress on the safe and gradual reopening of the economy.

Earlier this week, we marked the beginning of Stage 1 of reopening the economy. Our Framework for Reopening our Province set the conditions for the safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services, and public spaces in Ontario, in three key stages. This includes clear, sector-specific guidelines for employers, with practical measures to help them reopen safely and keep workers, customers and the general public safe.

The first stage of reopening, which began on May 19, 2020, focuses on workplaces that are well-positioned to adopt workplace safety measures and get more people back to work, while not overburdening public transit and other services. This includes, but is not limited to, golf courses, retail with a street entrance, all construction, and religious services for drive-in only. For detailed information about Stage 1 of the framework, please visit the Ontario Government COVID-19 Website.

"We are taking a cautious, practical and reasonable approach to restarting the economy, while maintaining the health and safety of the people of Ontario as our top priority," said Rod Phillips, MPP for Ajax and Minister of Finance. "This will allow Ontario to emerge from this outbreak with a clear path to economic recovery that keeps people safe and healthy."

Our PC government will continue to make decisions with the health and safety of the people of Ontario as the top priority, while balancing the needs of the economy and society. Despite these challenging times, we are confident that Ontario will emerge from this crisis stronger.