May 19, 2021

By Christine Ross

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Mark next Tuesday on your calendar.

That’s when government sources say outdoor activities like golf and tennis will likely resume although an official announcement is expected from the Ford government tomorrow but Solicitor General Sylvia Jones didn’t confirm anything.

“We’re working through those details now and what I can assure people is that we’re going to give them time to be able to plan what that reopening plan looks like, sector by sector,” said Jones.

Jones did hint that opening by region is not happening because people will travel to where things are open.

Mayor John Tory said the plan should be simple and straight forward yet cautious.

“My expectation is if you listen to all the words that are spoken by all the public health people is they talk a great deal about the distinction between indoor and outdoor and I take no joy in that because I know people hearing that who are in the salon or the gym or indoor restaurant business will take those as bad words.”

Outdoor amenities have been closed since April 16, aimed at curbing the third wave of COVID cases.

In a letter to Doug Ford, several prominent athletics organizations called on the premier to reopen outdoor recreational activities. The decision has also prompted backlash from opposition parties and some health-care organizations, including the Ontario Medical Association.

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