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golf courses, would be allowed to reopen to the public over the May long weekend. A complete list Phase One businesses
able to resume operations is at https:// files.ontario.ca/mof-detailed-list-stage-1-ope- nings-en-2020-05-14.pdf?_
“We had a good weekend,” said Sylvain Beauchamp, general manager and head pro at the Hawlkesbury Golf and Curling Club, adding that all the golfers who turned out over the long weekend seemed “very happy” to be outside on the greens at last. EOHU keeps watch Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), noted during his regular regional media teleconferences, that the start of Phase One is a positive sign for the province, but warned against complacency. “I am counting on the public to maintain physical distancing,” he said, adding that people need to continue wearing masks when they go out into the community and also limit themselves to essential travel when possible. “We are going to be moni- toring closely and ensuring there’s no spike in our (COVID-19) numbers.” Dr. Roumeliotis expressed optimism about Ontario Restart Phase One. “The message is ‘Yes, we’re opening up a bit, but we still need to be vigilant,’” he said. “The light at the end of the tunnel is a little brighter.” Phase One guidelines Premier Doug Ford announced May 14 that the official launch of Ontario Restart Phase One would be May 19 but some seasonal and recreational businesses, like
The May long weekend weather helped bring people out of their homes around Prescott County as Ontario launched its restart plan to ease up the pandemic restrictions on business and get the provincial economy rolling again. The number of golfers taking advantage of the warm spring weather over the weekend to get out on the links at La Cité Golf Course in Hawkesbury may be an optimistic sign about the future success of the provincial restart. Kenneth Bracken, one of the co-owners of the golf course, reported an average of 250 golfers every days over the three days of the long weekend, which he noted is “a bit above average” for the course at this time of the year. “The weather also helped,” he said. “It all went very well. The mood was great. Everybody was just happy to be out.” While Phase One of the Ontario Restart means some relaxation of the provincial go- vernment’s pandemic protection restrictions dealing with essential and non-essential businesses, the social distancing guide- lines and other conditions of the pandemic guidelines are still in place to prevent a “second wave” of COVID-19 infection cases. Bracken observed that the demand for social distancing did not hamper activities at La Cité golf course.
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Golfers, boaters and other outdoor recreationists, along with dog walkers, and many store owners and their customers had reason to celebrate over the May long weekend. The provincial government launches Phase One of its Ontario Restart plan to start relaxing some of pandemic restrictions on business and public activities that have been in place since March and April to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing guidelines are still in force to ensure the success of Phase One and ensure that Phase Two will go ahead soon. —photo Gregg Chamberlain
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