End May 2021
NOTHING NORMAL ABOUT IT AS LOCKDOWN CONTINUES
There is some light at the end of the tunnel!
This past weekend I could launch my boat, play golf and tennis to my heart’s desire; For most of us, nothing will have changed this past weekend.
Nor will much change for the small businesses who have borne the brunt of the closures brought about by the Ford government as a result of Covid-19.
Consider that in Toronto, the hardest-hit region with Covid, and the reason most of the province is shut, restaurants have been closed to indoor dining for 355 days, gyms for 342 days, and hair and nail salons for 271 days.
There is no evidence of these facilities causing spread but they have been closed for months upon months to stop the possibility that people could leave their homes and possibly spread Covid.
The same argument was made about golf but after a few weeks of bad headlines about there being no evidence of golf causing the spread, the courses opened this past weekend.
After that, things will open gradually after 21 day intervals between stages.
That means in Mid-June, we can see restaurant patios with up to four people at a table, outdoor gatherings of up to ten people, outdoor religious services, and outdoor sports training can resume and day camps can startup.
That’s what can happen when 60% of the province has at least one shot of the vaccine. Currently, the province is sitting at 58.5% of the population with a vaccine and it takes two to three weeks for the vaccine to take effect.
So about 21 days after that, we can move from phase one to phase two. Meaning 70% of the adult population has one dose and 20% has two doses, then we can take another step (phase two) and hopefully get a legal haircut.
Outdoor gatherings can increase to 25 people. Indoor gatherings can increase to five people (non-family) from zero if we keep two meters apart or wear masks.
This is not a return to the pre-Covid normal.
At that point in our one dose summer, we could have up to six people at a patio table for supper, but still no indoor dining.
We could go on a boat tour. Outdoor sports leagues could resume, If we are lucky, we are looking at July 5th for that to happen, and then if all goes well by the end of July, we can have some more activities.
With 70-80% of the population with one dose and 25% with two doses, the Ford government is saying we can resume larger indoor events like religious services, events, and indoor dining.
It’s far earlier than the Trudeau government in Ottawa recommends but so are plans released by Quebec (2,500 fans can watch live, the Montreal Canadians hockey, effective May 26th) and Saskatchewan – later than many in the business community would like.
CFIB (Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses) is deeply disappointed that there isn’t an immediate reopening of low-risk business activities. Dan Kelly, President said “We were hoping for a more comprehensive plan that would allow businesses to better plan for reopening.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce struck a different tone and called the plan pragmatic. “Transparency and clear communication from the government of Ontario is critical for business confidence during this time. We are pleased to see the government use evidence-based metrics and thresholds to indicate when Ontario will move from one stage of reopening to the next.”
Your view of the plan will depend upon where you live. I personally, think it stinks. I would have reopened sooner on low-risk activities along with all retail with restrictions but that’s not where the doctors, the politicians nor the majority of the public have been.
It’s been a frustrating 14 months to get to this point. Let’s hope this is the last reopening plan we see.
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