As province reopens, it’s critical to continue physical distancing

I hope you and your family are keeping safe. Premier Doug Ford has announced that “we are seeing positive trends and it’s giving us confidence that we’re getting closer to being able to reopen parts of our economy.” We continue to see a declining number of new cases and look forward to reopening businesses by taking the necessary steps to ensure the health and well-being of everyone.

As part of the first stage of our Framework for Reopening the Province,retailers, seasonal businesses, health and community services, as well as some outdoor recreational facilities will be opening. I would like to emphasize that it is absolutely critical that we continue to practise physical distancing and take the necessary precautions to ensure that we reduce exposure to this virus.

There have been many questions around education and the future of the current school year since the outbreak of the pandemic. The education system is a top priority for the COVID-19 command table. As we continue to work aggressively to ensure that our province continues to move along a path of recovery, our government has announced that schools will remain closed until the end of June. Furthermore, the Ministry of Education has announced Ontario’s Summer Learning Plan, which is a robust plan for summer learning opportunities. This plan includes new and modified opportunities to upgrade courses, providing specific learning supports for students with special education needs and mental health needs.

I assure you that I will continue to work with the Ministry of Education as well as our TDSB trustees to provide you with up-to-date information on how we can best support your child’s learning during these unprecedented times.

In the past weeks, I have seen the incredible spirit of duty and volunteerism in Scarborough–Rouge Park by local residents and community organizations to fight against COVID-19. I thank all of you for continuing to look out for your neighbours and community members during this time. I urge you to continue to support your local businesses by taking part in #takeoutwednesday. Order a meal on Wednesdays from your local restaurant to show them you’re here to help our community weather this storm together.

As always, my office is here to support you during these challenging times. If you have any questions please email us at or call 416-283-8448.

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