Suze Morrison MPP, Toronto Centre

Government of Ontario

June 16th Newsletter - Recovery Townhall and 10 Person Social Circles

Published on June 16, 2020

Yesterday, more details about the reopening of Ontario were released, allowing businesses in all regions except Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex to move into Phase 2. Last Friday, all Ontarians were allowed to create 10-person “social circles”. 

I know that many of us are frustrated that Toronto is still in Phase 1. But Toronto is still seeing the majority of Ontario's cases. Our sacrifices are working — our numbers are going down. 

Thank you for your continued commitment to social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing, and staying home. This has been a huge effort and I see you. 

This re-opening is also an incredible opportunity to intentionally change our economy and institutions so that they work better. We have a chance to rethink our economy and implement changes to challenge racism and climate change so that everyone can thrive in the world we re-open into.

I hope that you will join me tonight for a Facebook Townhall to hear from some amazing local experts who will share how we can build that better world: 

 

Poster for Townhall for an Economic Recovery that Challenges Racism and Climate Change. The poster includes pictures of the hosts and panelists. All event details are in the below text.

 

What: Townhall: Economic Recovery that Challenges Racism + Climate Change

Date: Tuesday, June 16

Time: 7 - 8 p.m.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/761654181246823

Panelists: 

  • MPP Laura Mae Lindo - Chair of the Ontario NDP Black Caucus
  • Brian Chang - labour advocate
  • Tim Nash - sustainable economist 
  • Diana Yoon - climate and community organizer

I hope you’ll join us tonight for this digital town hall!

In addition to digital events, I know that many people are excited about having small in-person events with their newly-minted Social Circles.

 

Ten Person Social Circles

Last Friday, the government announced that Ontarians would be able to broaden their close contacts (people you can hug, sit near, and generally not social distance with) to a maximum of ten people, if they choose to. Before this announcement, close contacts were limited to the people you lived with. Now this circle can be expanded to a closed group of ten people, including those you live with.

Here are the steps to building your social circle as laid out by the Province:

 

To create a safe social circle, follow these five simple steps: Step 1: Start with your current circle: the people you live with or who regularly come into your household. Step 2: If your current circle is under 10 people, you can add members to your circle, including another household, family members or friends. Step 3: Get agreement from everyone that they will join the circle. Step 4: Keep your social circle safe. Maintain physical distancing with anyone outside of your circle. Step 5: Be true to your social circle. No one should be part of more than one circle.

I know that these broadened social circles will be a welcome relief to many, especially those who live alone or parents struggling with full-time childcare. We all miss our loved ones and this is a safer way to see a select few of them. 

I also know that choosing these groups of ten will be challenging. Since everyone in every household involved must agree to be part of the group, things can get complicated and emotional quickly.

As with any complex conversation, having a framework to work within often helps. My staff and I use the emotion coaching framework often in challenging times and I wanted to share this resource with all of you: emotion coaching.

 

Wishing you safe and happy social circles, 

 

Suze