Ministers from the Ford cabinet are meeting this week to explore whether public schools would reopen in person next month and whether isolation rules could be shortened to match new US guidelines.
According to many sources, Premier Doug Ford will raise these two issues with his 27 ministers at a meeting this week, probably on Thursday.
Ford’s spokesman, Ivana Yelich, told CP24 that the cabinet will not convene on Wednesday.
A person familiar with the matter told CTV News Toronto the meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, and then pushed to Thursday so that officials could consider additional data.
Yesterday, Ford said the health and education ministers were consulting with Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore on whether schools would return for in-person learning.
He said a decision would be made in the next “couple days.”
Dr. Moore scheduled a press conference Tuesday to announce new COVID-19 testing and isolation protocols, aimed at reducing the demand for PCR tests and preventing healthcare and other industrial staff shortages brought on by mass exposure to confirmed infectious people in workplaces.
But the press conference was postponed, with the Ministry of Health saying it was now studying a plan released by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control to cut isolation periods from 10 days to five for fully vaccinated asymptomatic people with a positive test result.