QUEEN’S PARK — Mike Schreiner released the following statement after the Premier’s press conference:
“I do not fault the Premier for taking action to protect public health in COVID-19 hotspot regions.
I think it was the right decision to put a temporary pause on bars and indoor dining when the case numbers started climbing.
I understand the concern from businesses and gyms that feel unfairly targeted by the shut down, which is why the Premier must end the unacceptable delay in providing financial relief and protection from evictions.
But if health officials believe that we can ease restrictions on small businesses without compromising safety, then I would support such measures.
What the data tells me is that the situation in schools, daycares and industrial workplaces could be a major blind spot for this government right now.
The Government ignored Sick Kids Hospital when it recommended limiting classes to 15 students, and I worry that we are witnessing the consequences of that decision.
The Education Minister should immediately make plans to reduce class sizes to make schools safer, backed up by real funding from the Premier.”