May 19, 2020
By Jane Brown
Will you be visiting a retail store Tuesday as stage one of Ontario’s reopening begins?
Retailers who’s stores have street entrances may reopen their shops today.
Vehicle dealerships are also allowed to reopen, as are pet grooming salons and some sports centres.
Retailers have been told they need to make public safety a priority during reopening, with physical distancing measures in place to continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
But as for whether this phase will be less safe, especially for older Ontarians, Zoomer Media VP David Cravit says he doesn’t think so.
“When we go back to restaurants, will we be able to get a haircut?” Cravit told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, “These are the things that I guess will be the most dramatic firsts, but I don’t see a big change for seniors as compared with other age groups in the population.”
Non-essential businesses were ordered closed back in mid-March.
Curb side pick up for stores with street entrances was allowed to begin a couple of weeks ago.
Ontario’s doctors say there are concerns around the reopening of the province’s economy.
Dr. Samantha Hill is president of the Ontario Medical Association.
She told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back, certain criteria should be met as we reopen.
“Things like personal protective equipment, do we have enough in the supply chain?,” Dr. Hill explained to Libby Znaimer, “Contact tracing, do we really have enough manpower and motivation? And even the public compliance, which is that fifth pillar. It’s been the fundamental reason why we’ve done as well as we have.”
Dr. Hill warns that community spread of COVID-19 is a real concern if people begin to let down their guard against the virus.