Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford says there was definitely a turning point, when it came to the province's decision to consider a regional approach to reopening.
"Frankly, Trinity Bellwoods Park was when a large congregate of people came out, I think it became clear there that there were some significant differences and people started to talk about maybe we should do things differently," said the minister.
Hundreds gathered in the Toronto Park near the end of May, so they could enjoy the nice weather, including the city's mayor. However, images showed people weren't following proper social distancing or public health measures. Public health officials note they aren't seeing a spike in new cases, following the incident.
In the district, a number of services -- including bars and restaurants -- are eligible to reopen tomorrow. However, a number of criteria set out by regulators may delay some openings.
An important exception to this would be the international border with the U.S., and Rickford wasn't optimistic about it reopening anytime soon.
"The prospect for American visitors is very low. To the credit of the owner/operators, they get it, as an overwhelming number of people who do. It's just not the time," he added.
The minister said during the interview the border closure with the U.S. could extend into late July.
"This doesn't look like this will be a part of their normal business operation," he said, noting he has agreed to meet with resort and lodge owners next week.
A rally is set for Saturday in Vermilion Bay, and Rickford encouraged them to be safe, as they assembled.
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