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Burlington appeals to be included in Ontario’s second phase of reopening this week

The City of Burlington has teamed up with other Halton Region municipalities to appeal the provincial government’s decision to leave them out of the second stage of reopening that is scheduled to start for other parts of Ontario this Friday.

On Monday, Premier Doug Ford announced the beginning of stage two of reopening during the pandemic for select regions that have lower rates of transmission, increased capacity in hospitals, and progress made in testing. 

The Halton region along with the Hamilton, Niagara, and Toronto areas were left out of the group of Ontario regions allowed to move forward with reopening this Friday. 

The mayors of the four municipalities in Halton sent a response to Ford on Tuesday highlighting the region’s low number of COVID-19 cases and adherence to public health guidelines.

The letter that was sent to the provincial government said Halton makes up a very small percentage of the overall number of cases in Ontario. On top of that, a lot of new cases have been identified within a day by Halton public health officials. 

“Given the high number of cases in other municipalities across the GTA and Greater Golden Horseshoe, we understand why they are not moving forward in this phased approach,” said the letter.

“Halton, however, does not have these same issues. We would urge you to reconsider allowing Halton Region to transition to phase two of the reopening.”

More businesses and services have been given the go-ahead to reopen in certain parts of the province starting Friday. However, many regions of the Greater Toronto Area and Greater Hamilton Area have been left out of moving into the next stage. 

Ford will make an announcement at the beginning of each week in regard to other areas of Ontario that can move into stage two of the reopening. 

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