York Region among those permitted to enter Ontario’s Stage 3 of recovery, Toronto held back for now

Seven more regions moving forward, three to continue working on COVID stats

The City of Toronto will have to wait to enter Stage 3 of Ontario’s COVID recovery plan, while York Region is among seven to make it to the next level.

Premier Doug Ford announced the seven regions will enter Stage 3 as of 12:01 a.m. Friday joining Simcoe-Muskoka and 23 other regions. Stage 3 allows restaurants to permit indoor dining, playgrounds to reopen, and gyms to welcome members back.

“We’re working with communities across the province to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help more businesses safely and responsibly hang up their ‘Open for Business’ sign,” said Premier Ford. “By working together, we can keep new case numbers down and ensure all of Ontario can enter Stage 3 when it’s safe to do so.”

Durham, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton, Lambton, and Niagara regions will also enter into Stage 3 as of this Friday.

“Entering Stage 3 does not mean the fight against COVID-19 is over,” Health Minister Christine Elliott reminded us. “We all must remain vigilant and continue following public health advice to ensure the progress we have made so far in stopping the spread will not be undone.”

Until local trends improve further, Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 2.