"Get ready, we're going to get things moving"

A social distance sign on the ground of a grocery store

Ontario is not yet setting dates for restarting the economy, but today the province is providing guidelines to businesses for how to reopen safely, including ground markings for physical distancing and installing plexiglass barriers.

Premier Doug Ford says Ontario has made ``tremendous progress'' in flattening the curve, and as soon as it is safe to start reopening, he will do so as quickly as possible.

Ontario reported 459 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and 86 more deaths, the largest daily total of fatalities so far.

Health Minister Christine Elliott acknowledged the bump in new cases, which was higher than the previous day's growth rate, but said the most important thing is the overall trend is headed in the right direction.

Ontario's sector-specific guidelines include holding team meetings outdoors, staggering shift times and using ground markings and barriers to manage traffic flow.

They also address physical changes to workplaces such as installing plexiglass barriers, increasing the air intake on heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to increase air flow, and using boot sanitizing trays.