Parts of Canada have moved to loosen restrictions as their regional COVID-19 situations continue to trend downward and show signs of improvement. Quebec lifted the last remaining emergency lockdown measures imposed on southern hotspots yesterday, meaning non-essential businesses can reopen and the evening curfew will be pushed back to 9:30pm. Saskatchewan will begin to relax capacity limits on retail, personal care services and restaurants June 20th, now that 70 per cent of residents 30 and up have been vaccinated with at least one dose. Most of Alberta’s students will return to in-person learning today after they were switched to two weeks online to stem a surge in hospital admissions. Yukon’s government will lift several restrictions today, including allowing groups of up to 200 people to gather inside and outside.
Meanwhile in Ontario, the Ford government has announced an extremely slow rollout that is tied to vaccination rates, rather than hospitalization numbers. The Ontario plan will be rolled out in 3-stages, with Step 1 not beginning until June 14 or 15th. The province has not announced any plans to return kids to classrooms before the end of the school year, which is just over 1-month away. Ontario remains under a stay-at-home order.
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) May 20, 2021
Contains files from the Canadian Press
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