Windsor-Essex and Sarnia-Lambton have again been left backside as Chatham-Kent receives provincial blessing to enter into Stage 3 of reopening.

Premier Doug Ford announced which regions of Ontario are permitted to enter Stage three of reopening this week, including Chatham-Kent. Simply Windsor-Essex and Sarnia-Lambton will remain in Stage 2 for now.

(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

Windsor-Essex and Sarnia-Lambton have once over again been left behind, as Chatham-Kent receives provincial approval to enter into Stage 3 of reopening.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford fabricated the declaration during a media briefing Monday, saying many regions in the province including Chatham-Kent would enter Stage 3 of reopening Friday, July 17. That will exist v weeks since those regions entered Stage 2 on June 12.

But Windsor-Essex and Sarnia-Lambton were left off of the list along with eight other regions.

“These regions entered Stage 2 afterward on, and then we need just a niggling more time. I want the people in these regions to know we won’t leave anyone behind” said Ford.

“We will keep working until every part of the province enters Stage 3.”

Sarnia-Lambton entered Stage 2 on June 19, followed by most of Windsor-Essex on June 25. The final two communities to move ahead were Kingsville and Leamington on July 7.

Sarnia Mayor Michael Bradley said he was disappointed that his region was held back from Phase 3, despite their low case load and going on to having one calendar month without whatever COVID-19 deaths.

“Part of that disappointment is until today, at that place was really no clear direction from the province that you lot needed four weeks of connected…refuse in cases, deaths, that type of information,” he said. “I think the community was ready to move to that phase…all the statistics are in favour of the community.”

Bradley said he dislikes the “game-show approach” the province has taken toward announcing who will enter into the next phase of reopening and notes that it’s border regions that are being held back, with Niagara as well prevented from Stage 3.

He added that he’s always been confronting the premier’southward regional arroyo to reopening.

“I felt that we went into this crisis every bit a province, we should all exit at the same time,” Bradley said.

He anticipates Sarnia-Lambton will enter into Stage iii in the side by side ten days if they maintain a depression number of cases.

The development comes as the spread of COVID-xix continues to dull in Ontario, with new daily instance numbers having steadily declined over the last five weeks — except in a few areas including Windsor-Essex.

Windsor-Essex had fifteen new COVID-19 cases on Monday, however Sarnia-Lambton has reported no new cases of the disease in about a week.

On Mon morning before the premier made his declaration, medical officer of health Dr. Wajid Ahmed said Windsor-Essex should look at the “lessons learned” in places of the country that opened before — and especially to the U.s.a. where some current outbreaks are worse than when the pandemic first began.

“It is scary, it scares me,” Ahmed said of the high charge per unit of COVID-19 seen in parts of the U.Due south. “What they are seeing now is what we were trying to prevent in the beginning place.”

Ahmed said misinformation is fuelling some people’s ideas the pandemic is a “conspiracy,” and is urging people to follow guidelines from public wellness rather than opinions.

“In some areas where broader reopening has proceeded, they are experiencing an increase of COVID-19 cases. We must continue to practice COVID-nineteen prophylactic measurements,” he said.

Physical distancing and wearing a non-surgical mask, where distancing is hard, are the main preventative measures people have, said Ahmed.

As for whether or non the region is ready for the next stage of reopening, Ahmed said COVID-19 numbers need to decline in the area and the touch on of Stage 2 reopening should be looked at further, before Stage 3 would be an option. Yet, Ahmed said the terminal determination on when to enter the side by side phase is upwards to the province.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, medical officeholder of health, said Windsor-Essex needs to more closely monitor how Stage ii of reopening is going earlier he would experience comfortable with the region entering its next phase. Ultimately, the province makes the decision.

(Amy Dodge/CBC)

“What we are seeing right now is very clear that our instance counts are coming from the agricultural sector … the customs spread is adequately limited,” said Ahmed. “I would feel more than comfortable when I see the trend continue.”

What’s in Phase iii?

Co-ordinate to the province, “nigh all businesses and public spaces” are able to reopen nether Phase 3 — including remaining workplaces — as long equally it is done then “safely” following public wellness guidelines.

All the same, some activities are still deemed loftier-adventure and will not exist allowed to reopen such as:

  • Entertainment parks and h2o parks
  • Buffet-style food services
  • Dancing at restaurants and confined, other than past performers hired by the establishment following specific requirements
  • Overnight stays at camps for children
  • Private karaoke rooms
  • Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports
  • Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars
  • Table games at casinos and gaming establishments

The province says it will let indoor gatherings of upwards to 50 people in Stage 3, and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people. Still, according to the plan, physical distancing remains a requirement for all people who are not from the same household or established social circumvolve.

People at their place of work, including performers and crews, do non count toward gathering limits, according to the province.

The plan besides says that people gathering inside for religious services, weddings or funerals can continue to fill to thirty per cent of a room’s chapters in Phase 3.

Information technology likewise dictates that sport facilities and gyms can reopen, merely notes that concrete distancing yet must exist maintained, “except if playing a team sport or every bit needed for personal training.”


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