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Province to move into Phase 1 of its reopening plan 3 days ahead of schedule. Ontario will move into the initial phase of its reopening plan three days ahead of schedule on Friday, the government says, including loosening restrictions on retail and outdoor activities. The province said the decision was made based on vaccination rates and “continuing improvements in key public health indicators.” In a statement, Premier Doug Ford thanked Ontarians for their “enormous sacrifices” and credited the ongoing immunization campaign for making it possible. “As we begin to enjoy the benefits of the first step in our roadmap, like meeting friends on a patio or visiting your favourite local store, please do so safely by continuing to follow all public health guidelines,” Ford said. The province was initially supposed to begin Phase 1 of the plan, called the Roadmap to Reopen, on June 14. Instead it will take effect at 12:01 a.m. ET Friday.

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