Patios and retail might open Friday in Mississauga, Brampton and Ontario
Outdoor restaurant patios could be up and running for Mississauga and Brampton patrons by this weekend, according to speculation coming out of Queen's Park.
Although the Ontario government has declared that its phased-in approach to re-opening that economy won't officially begin until June 14, Premier Doug Ford has already hinted that it could happen sooner and some sources say that could be in the next few days.
"As we see the numbers come down -- and they are dropping rapidly -- we have put forward to Dr. Williams and the medical team the option of opening up earlier based on a cautious approach," Ford said at a press conference on Wednesday (June 2).
Under the first stage of re-openings outdoor dining for up to four people per table will be allowed and open air parties of up to 10 people will be able to take place.
As well, essential retail will be able operate at 25 per cent capacity and non-essential at 15 per cent.
Outdoor pools, day camps, campgrounds, horse racing will also be given the green light.
While some say broader openings for this weekend may be premature, other government sources insist the notion has been making its way through the Ontario Legislature as both Cabinet ministers and back benchers are feeling the heat from local business owners across the province who are pushing to get back up and running.
(Photo: The Canadian Press/Nathan Denette)
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