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Ontario likely to extend emergency to June 2

TORONTO — Ontario is expected to extend its COVID-19 state of emergency to the beginning of June, as retail stores were allowed to partly reopen and the top doctor suggested more restrictions could be loosened soon.

The provincial legislature will sit Tuesday and is expected to extend the province's state of emergency to June 2, while also holding question period again.

Shops open this week

TORONTO — Ontario announced small steps Wednesday toward reopening the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic as the growth in new cases slows, including allowing retail stores to open for curbside pickup.

Premier Doug Ford said with the numbers heading in the right direction, the government has been working around the clock to make sure restrictions can be lifted safely.

Ontario close to opening parks, retail says Ford

TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford teased good news on steps toward reopening for retail stores, parks, cottagers and people missing loved ones Monday, as long as the province's COVID-19 numbers keep going down.

Ontario reported 370 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the provincial total 2.1 per cent higher than the previous day, part of a downward trend.