Quebec, Ontario take different paths to reopening provinces from coronavirus lockdown

A closed schoolyard is seen through its fence in Montreal. Quebec expects to have all elementary schools and daycares open on May 19.
Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

Date Published: April 27, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

Ontario and Quebec released plans on Monday, April 27, on how the provinces will re-open their respective economies following the COVID-19 emergency. Both provinces began lockdown measures in the second week of March, which included limiting social gatherings, shutting down non-essential businesses, and closing schools. However, the plans for re-opening look quite different. Ontario has announced three phases of re-opening  – protect, restart and recover – and the transitions from one phase to the next will each take two to four weeks, and be carefully monitored by public health officials based on a set of criteria, including a consistent decline in COVID-19 case numbers. Meanwhile, Quebec has already announced a specific date for beginning to re-open elementary schools and daycare centres starting on May 11. Parents will be able to make a decision on whether to send their children back to school, and the province has announced plans to maintain social distancing within the schools.

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Summary by: Helen Genis