COVID-19 case count low in all regions set to reopen for phase 2

London area health units were among the majority across Ontario reporting fewer than five COVID-19 cases Tuesday. 

27 Ontario public health units, including Middlesex London, reported fewer than five positive cases Tuesday

Ontario's second phase of reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic starts in most areas outside of the GTA on Friday. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

London area health units were among the majority across Ontario reporting fewer than five COVID-19 cases Tuesday. 

The Middlesex London Health Unit reported one new case, while Southwest Public Health, which covers St. Thomas, Oxford and Elgin counties, reported no new cases. Huron-Perth Public Health also reported no new cases.

All three regions are slated to move into phase two of the provincial reopening plan starting Friday. 

Only seven of Ontario's 34 public health units confirmed more than five new cases:

  • Toronto: 114.
  • Peel: 27.
  • Durham: 10. 
  • York: 15. 
  • Hamilton: Seven. 
  • Windsor-Essex: 28. 
  • Wellington–Dufferin–Guelph: 11.

Of the seven, only Wellington–Dufferin–Guelph has been cleared to move to phase 2. 

Daycare plans

Meanwhile, Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce the province's plan to reopen child-care centres today.

Child-care services will shift away from providing solely emergency services throughout the province, regardless of which stage each region is in, allowing for a gradual reopening of regular service.

The province said Monday there would be a limit on operational capacity and other strict public health measures that will need to stay in place.

Here is a list of businesses and services allowed to reopen in regions entering Stage 2: 

  • Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons.
  • Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for takeout and outdoor dining only.
  • Tour and guide services, such as biking and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tastings and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries.
  • Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools.
  • Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks.
  • Camping at private campgrounds.
  • Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing.
  • Drive-in and drive-thru venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations.
  • Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing.
  • Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.