06/09/2020 14:49 EDT | Updated 06/09/2020 16:04 EDT

Ontario Child Care Centres Are Allowed To Reopen Friday

There will be increased cleaning and no visitors allowed in the centres.

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TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford says all child care centres in Ontario will be allowed to reopen — with restrictions — as of Friday.

He says supports need to be in place so people can return to work, as much of the province enters Stage 2 of reopening on Friday.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says operators will be required to limit the number of kids and staff to a defined space to 10 people.

He says the rules for reopening child cares will be similar to the emergency ones that have been operating for kids of essential workers, including increased cleaning, no visitors allowed in the centre, and screening all staff and children for symptoms prior to entry.

Lecce says he knows not all parents will decide to send their kids back to child care, and he says the province is extending an order that they won’t lose their spot or be charged fees.

Meanwhile, Ontario is reporting 230 new COVID-19 cases today, and 14 more deaths.

That brings the total in the province to 31,090, an increase of 0.7 per cent over the previous day, which is the lowest growth rate since early March.

The total includes 2,464 deaths and 24,829 resolved cases, which is 337 more than the previous day.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 and the amount of people in intensive care dropped slightly, but the number of people on ventilators rose.

There were 13,509 tests completed in the previous day, well below the government’s target of performing 20,000 per day.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 9, 2020

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