Ontario government lifts COVID capacity limits for bars, restaurants, gyms beginning Monday

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Capacity limits for Ontario bars, restaurants and gyms will be lifted from 12:01 am on Monday as part of the province’s plan to exit Phase 3 of its COVID-19 reopening plan.

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Premier Doug Ford made the announcement at Queen’s Park on Friday with the province’s chief medical officer of health Dr Kieran Moore and Health Minister Christine Elliott.

Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments as well as indoor meeting and event spaces will also be able to increase their capacity limits on Monday.

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The province also noted other settings that may waive the limit if their guests provide proof of vaccination, including museums, galleries, religious services, tour and guide services and personal care services, barber shops, salons and body art .

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Ontario’s vaccination certificate became effective September 22. The province’s Advanced COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate with QR Code went into effect Friday.

Critics and those in the affected industries were calling on the province to ease restrictions and increase capacity limits, especially after the vaccine certificate went into effect.

However, other high-risk settings such as nightclubs, strip clubs, bath houses and sex clubs will only be allowed to increase their capacity limits on November 15.

“Thanks to our cautious and careful approach to reopening, we are now in a position to gradually lift all remaining public health measures over the coming months,” Ford said. To reject.

In modeling projections updated on Friday, the province’s science table said the worst-case scenario for Ontario is about 700 cases per day by the end of November, with a best-case scenario of about 200.

The province’s reopening plan also highlighted when vaccine certificate requirements could be lifted in the “absence of related trends”.

On January 17, 2022, restaurants, bars, sports and recreational facilities, casinos and bingo halls may stop checking vaccination certificates.

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Nightclubs, strip clubs, bath houses and sex clubs may close on February 7, 2022.

Finally, on March 28, 2022, studios can stop checking with audiences on the status of meeting and event spaces, sporting events, concerts, theatres, cinemas, racing venues, and commercial and film production vaccines.

In addition, the province said that from March 28, “all remaining public health and workplace safety measures in businesses and organizations” will be removed, including masking. However, recommendations will be made about where the masking should be placed, such as during transit.

Emergency orders will also be rescinded under the Ontario Reopening Act.

Elliott said, “Our plan will ensure that we replicate this success and take a gradual approach that will protect the capacity of our health system, prevent widespread closures, keep our schools open and support the province’s economic recovery.” “

The province had previously put on hold a Phase 3 exit plan of its reopening framework in mid-August as cases of the fourth wave continued to rise.

More than 10.9 million Ontarians are fully immunized with the two doses, which is 83.6 percent of the eligible (12 and older) population. First dose coverage is 87.7 percent.

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