Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced his government’s plans for reopening in Windsor-Essex.
“With the exception of Leamington and Kingsville, Windsor-Essex will move to Stage 2, effective tomorrow,” Ford said during a Wednesday briefing.
The City of Windsor and surrounding towns and municipalities except for Leamington and Kingsville will move into Stage 2 of reopening effective at 12:01 on June 25.
Windsor-Essex has been the last area in the province remaining in Stage 1 of Ontario’s reopening plan, due to high rates of COVID-19.
The majority of new cases are among migrant farm workers in the region.
The province also revealed a three-point plan to reduce the spread of the virus on farms and provide more supports to temporary foreign workers.
The plan includes allowing migrant workers the same benefits offered to Canadian workers — including access to workers’ compensation benefits under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and protections under the Employment Standards Act.
The plan also includes on-site testing for farm workers and updated public health guidance that would allow asymptomatic workers to stay on the job “as long as they follow the public health measures in their workplace to minimize the risk of transmission to others.”