The Ontario government has announced that Toronto and Peel will be moving to Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan on Friday.
Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 2 as provincial health officials continue to evaluate when it is safe for the region to join the rest of the province in Stage 3.
“While more restaurants, theatres and businesses can hang up their Open for Business sign, we’re asking everyone to follow public health advice and act responsibly,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford said in a statement. “We have made tremendous progress that allows us to return to something a little closer to our normal lives this summer, but we are not out of the woods yet.”
The provincial government also indicated it is “supportive” of proposals by Toronto officials to limit close contact at restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments.