Suze Morrison MPP, Toronto Centre

Government of Ontario

June 8 Newsletter - New Guidelines on Social Gatherings Announced

Published on June 8, 2020

Dear Friends,


Today, more details of the next phase of economic reopening were announced.

Effective this Friday, social gatherings from 5 to 10 people will be permitted, and places of worship will be allowed to re-open at a limit of 30% of the building capacity.

Toronto's economy will not be entering Phase 2 until our numbers show a sustained decline.

I know how torn we feel as we miss our loved ones while wanting to keep them safe. I continue to call on the government to:

  • do more to increase testing and contact-tracing
  • include paid sick days for all workers immediately and protect workers at every stage of re-opening
  • protect both commercial and residential tenants from the economic consequences of COVID-19

And while I know that folks are excited to think about what a “return to normal” will be, I also know that normal was not working. 

"Normal" wasn’t working for the environment. 

"Normal" wasn’t working for Black and Indigenous communities. 

"Normal" wasn’t working for people experiencing poverty and homelessness. 

So I don’t want to go back to "normal". 

Instead, I want to move forward to something better. We need to make climate justice and anti-racism work central to our economic recovery.



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

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Time: 7 - 8 p.m.



How do we rebuild and retool our economic system to be more resilient to future crises? How do we re-open in a way that’s fair for everyone in our communities — not just those with the most money and privilege? How do we make sure that our economy is does not undermine the health of our planet?

I don’t have all the answers to these questions — so I’ve invited some of the smartest folks I know that are working in anti-racism, climate justice, and economics to come together and tackle these questions with me. 


  • MPP Laura Mae Lindo
  • Brian Chang
  • Tim Nash
  • Diana Yoon

I hope you’ll join us for this digital town hall — and if you have any questions you would like to send in advance, please email s[email protected]

Stay health and socially connected,