As of today, stricter public health restrictions are in effect in Ontario, with restaurant capacity limitations reinstated and a reduced cap on social gatherings.
On Friday, Premier Doug Ford announced the additional limits, claiming that the COVID-19 Omicron type is so contagious that it threatens to overwhelm the health-care system.
Restaurants, gyms, and a variety of other indoor venues now have a capacity restriction of 50%.
Indoor social meetings are limited to 10 persons (down from 25), and outdoor social gatherings are limited to 25 people (down from 100).
And cinemas, arenas and other large venues are no longer allowed to serve food or drinks.
The measures come as cases have been rising rapidly, with the seven-day average of new daily diagnoses sitting at 2,156 Saturday, compared to 1,194 a week earlier.
The province has also ramped up its COVID-19 vaccine booster campaign, and is due to expand eligibility to all adults starting Monday, provided it’s been at least three months since they received their second dose.
Ford says the public health measures are meant to prevent the spread while people are getting their boosters and the shots are kicking in.
Source_ The Canadian Press