Residents flocked to stores and patios on Friday as the provincial government began to lift its two-month-old shutdown orders.
There were lineups at the Walmart in Brockville and at other stores in the region as retailers were allowed to sell items deemed as non-essential under the rules enacted on April 7.
The collective sigh of relief came as COVID-19 cases in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark remained low, but slowly inching upward.
There was one new case of the virus reported in the health unit on Friday, bringing the number of people with COVID-19 to six.
The new case was discovered in the Western Leeds district that covers Rideau Lakes, Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Gananoque and Westport.
The Grenville district reported two active cases while its neighbouring district of Eastern Lanark to the north also had two. There was one person with COVID with an unknown address.
There were no recoveries in the previous 24 hours and none of the six with COVID required hospitalization.
Since Tuesday when the health unit reported only one active case of the virus, the numbers have crept slowly upward by one or two a day.
In Ontario, there were 574 new cases of the virus on Friday, close to its seven-day rolling average of 568 cases, and recoveries continued to outpace new cases.
In Ottawa, there were 22 more active cases on Friday, compared with 25 on the previous day.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit continued to do well with 12 active cases after its “correction” in statistics this week that drastically lowered its number of cases.
It now reports no active COVID in North or South Dundas, which border on Grenville.
Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health had 11 active cases on Friday, part of a slow declining trend this week.