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Ontario’s reopening plan paused

Lifting of capacity limits and physical distancing requirements for higher-risk settings delayed

The Ontario government has pressed pause on their Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term, delaying the lifting of capacity limits and physical distancing requirements in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required. These settings include:

  • food or drink establishments with dance facilities such as night clubs and wedding receptions in meeting/event spaces where there is dancing;
  • strip clubs; and
  • sex clubs and bathhouses.

This decision is out of an abundance of caution. Ontario’s hospital and intensive care capacity remains stable and the province continues to report one of the lowest rates of active cases in the country; however, certain public health trends, including the effective reproduction number and percent positivity have increased slightly over the past week.

The government and Chief Medical Officer of Health will monitor public health and health care indicators for the next 28 days to determine when it is safe to lift capacity limits in these settings.

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