Ontario enters phase two of its re-opening

BARRY’S BAY – A whole series of exciting announcements came out this week from the provincial government, just in the nick of time for many of the industries in the region.

The series of announcements that came out the week of June 8-12 was a refreshing change from the ‘maybe ifs’ we had been hearing through May from the Ford Government; and reassurance after the endless number of funding promises from the federal government that it was impossible to believe would be capable of propping-up a dying economy.

On June 10, the government announced that provincial parks and beaches would open on June 12.

The same day it announced that, starting in July, “limited in-person education and training may restart for students who were not able to graduate due to COVID-19 closures.”

“This first phase will allow institutions to reopen to provide in-person instruction to students in essential, frontline, and high labour market demand areas, such as nursing, personal support workers, engineering, and other critical professions. Thousands of students across the province could benefit from this summer’s reopening.”

Perhaps even more noteworthy was the statement that “in September, all students will have the opportunity to attend postsecondary education through virtual learning, in-class instruction, or hybrid formats.”

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