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News release
May 20, 2021

Ontario’s doctors support slow, phased reopening

TORONTO, May 20, 2021 — Ontario’s doctors support a slow and gradual reopening of the province. They also support the government’s decision to lift restrictions on more outdoor recreational activities at the start of the Victoria Day weekend, as evidence shows they are safe and good for people’s physical and mental health.

The Ontario Medical Association recommends the government continue to make decisions about pandemic restrictions based on evidence around such things as hospitalization and vaccination rates and projections from the COVID-19 Science Table.

Doctors also recognize how difficult school closures have been for children and their families and support reopening them when it is safe to do so.

All Ontarians want the third wave of the pandemic to be the last wave. Doctors urge everyone to continue to follow public health guidelines and to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Those are the best steps we can all take if we want to see a gradual return to normal this summer.

About the OMA

The Ontario Medical Association represents Ontario’s 43,000 plus physicians, medical students and retired physicians, advocating for and supporting doctors while strengthening the leadership role of doctors in caring for patients. Our vision is to be the trusted voice in transforming Ontario’s health-care system.

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