Ontario to hold off on further re-openings amid uptick in COVID-19 cases

190 cases reported on Tuesday for the highest single-day total since July 24

The government of Ontario will hit pause on its reopening of the economy for at least the next four weeks, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the province continues to trend upwards.

The province reported 375 new cases on Tuesday (185 from Monday and 190 from Tuesday). Tuesday’s total was the highest single-day number since late July.

“Ontario’s business leaders have shown incredible ingenuity and innovation in keeping our public safe, however we do need to ensure that the progress we have made is not lost,” health minister Christine Elliott said while meeting with the press on Tuesday. “Taking a pause in further reopening at this time will help us to avoid returning to broad scale closures and shutdowns.”

The announcement comes as many school boards across the province welcomed students back to classes on Tuesday. The Toronto District School Board is set to begin classes with a staggered start system next week.