The Ontario government says on Monday afternoon it will reveal a framework for reopening the economy across the province after a shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Premier Doug Ford will hold a press conference alongside Health Minister Christine Elliott, Minister of Finance Rod Phillips and Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli at Queen’s Park.

The announcement is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Global News will livestream it here.

On March 17, Ford declared a state of emergency for Ontario, followed by the closure of all non-essential businesses as of March 24.

On Sunday, the Ontario school closure was extended until May 31.

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Ford has repeatedly said that reopening sections of the Ontario’s economy would be gradual and will depend on declining case numbers.

“We’ll be releasing our framework for reopening Ontario’s economy. It will provide a gradual and measured approach to opening up,” Ford said at a daily briefing on Friday.

He has cautioned that a full return to normal without a vaccine would put “lives at risk.”

“Let me be clear: the health and safety of Ontario will always come first,” Ford said.

Some provinces such as Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have announced phased and restricted approaches to reopening those economies.

More to come.

— With files from Ryan Rocca.

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