Ontario To Enter Stage Three Reopening As COVID-19 Cases Decline

Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, is expected to enter its Stage Three reopening on Monday.

With recent data indicating a gradual but steady decline in COVID-19 cases throughout the province of 14.5 million people, Premier Doug Ford is expected to unveil the next phase of the province's reopening strategy.

In late April, the Government of Ontario said that Stage Three would include "opening all workplaces responsibly" and "further relaxing the restrictions on public gatherings." Restrictions on large gatherings such as concerts and sporting events are expected to remain in place.

Meanwhile, health officials in Quebec, the epicentre of the pandemic in Canada, are concerned about a spike in COVID-19 cases in Montreal linked to the reopening of the city's bars. Quebec reported 114 new COVID-19 infections Sunday, boosting its total to 56,521 cases.

The province is to introduce mandatory masks on public transit starting Monday, with a two-week grace period before users will be denied service as of July 27. Montreal has also indicated that it intends to bring in mandatory masks for enclosed public spaces as of that date.

Canada's COVID-19 case total currently stands at 107,589, including 8,783 deaths and 71,467 cases resolved.