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TORONTO — Mike Schreiner made the following statement in response to Premier Ford’s announcement on the ending of the state of emergency and stay-at-home order:

“We all agree that Ontario’s small businesses need a safe pathway to reopening.

But the Premier is setting us up to fail if he refuses to invest in the necessary safety measures and supports small businesses need.

This means ramping up testing, more contact tracing, implementing provincially paid sick days, providing additional financial support for small businesses and deploying rapid tests for essential workplaces to prevent outbreaks.

If we want to have any hope of reopening the economy and keeping it open, we must make our workplaces safe.

I call on the Premier to prioritize the safety of Ontarians and to save small businesses by using the tools that are available now.”

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