20 July 2020 – Ontario government moving more regions into stage three

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Finance/Economy, Health, Private Sector and Businesses
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Reopening offices, businesses, institutions, and operations; Allowing gatherings, businesses, and services
Level of Jurisdiction: Ontario
Lead People/Agency: Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams

Overview: The Ontario government is allowing an additional 7 regions to enter Stage 3 as of July 24, 2020. This increases the number of businesses and public spaces able to open across the province. The decision was made in consultation with Ontario’s CMOH and is based on local positive trends in a number of key health indicators. The details of Stage 3 can be found in the link below.
Full details here: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/07/ontario-moving-more-regions-into-stage-3.html

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Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: Sub-national, CMOH and public health experts
Evidence/Justification: The decision to move additional regions into Stage 3 of the province’s reopening framework was made in consultation with the CMOH and public health experts. Positive trends in key public health indicators were also considered. These include hospital capacity, low or lower rates of transmission, public health capacity for case management and contact tracing, and increases in testing. It is noted that continuous assessment of trends in public health indicators is required to determine when more regions can enter Stage 3, and to advise on when public health restrictions should be tightened or loosened.