ONTARIO BEGINS PHASED RE-OPENING: TORONTO SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 22
This week, the Ontario government started a phased reopening of the province, with Toronto scheduled to leave the stay-at-home orders on February 22. At that time, Toronto will revert to the colour-coded system introduced in the fall.
The province hasn’t speculated which colour zone Toronto will enter, however in the event Toronto moves to the grey zone, we will experience more lenient restrictions compared to the restrictions in place last fall, particularly as it relates to retail. With the new grey zone measures, in person shopping is allowed with a capacity limit of 50% for grocery stores and 25% for all other retail. You can find the breakdown of the re-introduced colour zones here.
The province also announced that March Break has been delayed until April 12. The move aims to limit community spread and travel. With the delay we could see benefits to our hardest hit hospitality businesses in the event they are allowed to re-open in April.