Premier Ford says you see what happens when you move too quickly, you see what is happening south of the border, we don't want that happening up here when discussing plans to move into Stage 3.
ONTARIO - The Province is not ready to commit to a date for Stage 3 at this time.
Premier Doug Ford says they are moving cautiously.
"To be very frank, we want to make sure the numbers continue to decline, we and when I say we, I mean the people of Ontario, have been doing a great job to make sure those numbers decline. We will get there, we will get there very shortly, it's in front of the committee, the committee goes to the health table and then the health table will have the final say on it. Since it's going to be the last stage, we want to make sure again, our t's are crossed, our i's our dotted and make sure everyone is safe and then we will be able to move forward on other areas of the economy."
Ford says he will not give a timeline for stage 3. He was asked directly about having the entire Province in phase 3 and what would he say to all of the business owners who are losing their livelihood, having to close down their businesses.
"First of all, you are pretty close to the end of July, I just don't have a crystal ball to give you a date. Your last comment to blame the Province for shutting it down, you know something, that is just not the case. We are doing this responsibly, we are leading North America with the lowest cases for any jurisdiction our size. You see what happens when you move too quickly, you see what is happening south of the border, we don't want that happening up here. We are trying to do everything we can to open up safely and that is our number one concern."
Ford says once the entire Province is in phase 3, that's when they can go full steam ahead for the economy.
"When everyone opens up we are going to go full steam ahead on the economy, by cutting red tape regulations, making sure there is incentives to continue moving forward and being competitive in the global market."
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