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Leamington and Kingsville reopen, join rest of Ontario in Stage 2

Coronavirus: Ontario premier announces Kingsville, Leamington to move into stage 2 of reopening
WATCH ABOVE: Coronavirus -- Ontario premier announces Kingsville, Leamington to move into stage 2 of reopening.

TORONTO — The towns of Kingsville and Leamington, Ont., are joining the rest of the province in Stage 2 of the government’s reopening plan.

Premier Doug Ford announced Monday that the communities, which were the final two towns in Stage 1 of the process, would move up as of 12:01 a.m.

Ford says COVID-19 outbreaks on local farms are under control and community spread of the virus is low.

Most of the Windsor-Essex region, except for those two towns, moved to the second stage of reopening on June 25.

Read more: Coronavirus: Rest of Windsor-Essex region to reopen Tuesday, putting all Ontario in Stage 2

The government dispatched a team from Emergency Management Ontario to the region last week to help co-ordinate health care and housing for hundreds of agri-food workers who have tested positive for the virus.

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Ford said Monday he will be visiting the region soon, and thanked people in Kingsville and Leamington for their patience in recent weeks.