Canada

Ontario to update schools, child care as economy starts to reopen

Ontario’s education minister is set to give an update today on the status of schools and child care services as some businesses in the province begin to open their doors.

Stephen Lecce is set to make an announcement this afternoon alongside Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott.

Ford said last week the minister would provide information today on the fate of the school year.

The update comes as the province starts the first stage of its economic reopening today, giving the green light to retailers, some sports centres, vehicle dealerships and other businesses to resume.

But the province stresses those businesses still have to comply with public health guidelines such as physical distancing as they welcome customers.

Some business owners have expressed relief and excitement at the prospect of reopening, while others say they feel it’s too early to do so safely.

The province ordered the closure of all businesses deemed non-essential in mid-March and recently allowed those with street entrances to offer curbside pickup.

Ontario reported 304 more cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the provincial total to 22,957.

There have been 1,904 deaths related to the virus in the province so far, including 23 that were reported Monday.

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