Toronto Mayor John Tory says he supports reopening schools and companies with a “very cautious” and gradual approach. All regions of the province will return to the province’s reopening framework beginning next week. He is not ready to commit to a reopening timeline, Tory said. “Let’s just do these things one at a time properly instead of being in a rush to satisfy some group or another,” he said.
He added, “Nobody will thank us for that and especially (not) the people who are sick or have lost their lives because of us moving too quickly,” The modelling table of the province has warned that reopening parts of the economy in the midst of the spread of more contagious variants will likely again lead to a spike in cases. “These variants, as we’ve seen in Europe, I don’t know why we have to learn these lessons over again, they are very dangerous,” said Tory.
The city could join a reopening framework in a grid or “lockdown” area in the province, according to Mayor John Tory of Toronto. Non-essential retail in the grey area may reopen with a normal indoor capacity of only 25 percent. Toronto, Peel, and York, as previously said, would not return to the framework until 22 February at least. The number of new infections has decreased since Boxing Day.