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Most of Windsor-Essex joins Stage 2 of reopening
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jun 30, 2020
Windsor-Essex joins the rest of the province in Stage 2 of Ontario’s economic restart plan today — except for Leamington and Kingsville.

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Windsor-Essex to (mostly) reopen

Windsor-Essex joins the rest of the province in Stage 2 of Ontario’s economic restart plan today — except for Leamington and Kingsville. There, COVID-19 outbreaks continue on farms and in greenhouses.

The province also announced a plan to help the region control COVID-19. The strategy involves improved on-site testing, access to income supports for affected workers, and new public health guidance.

State of emergency extended

Ontario has extended its state of emergency to July 15, but Premier Ford hopes this extension will be the last. After the state of emergency expires, the province can’t enact new emergency orders, amend existing orders, or re-enact expired ones. Existing orders, such as the ban on large gatherings, can remain in effect.

Ford forgives outburst from NDP MPP

Premier Ford says he’ll “move on” after Essex MPP Taras Natyshak called him a “piece of sh-t” during a heated exchange at the legislature. "I forgive the guy," Ford said. “It's water off a duck's back." Natyshak said he was frustrated by the government’s response to his region’s struggle with COVID-19. “Today my frustrations and my fears for my community definitely got the best of me and I apologize.”

TVO.org publishing regional updates

Every weekday, we will publish a collection of news items from across the province about the pandemic. Please visit TVO.org for the latest. Here is Wednesday’s edition.


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