Later today, Ontario’s top doctor will conduct his first news conference on the epidemic since public health restrictions were eased this week.
After the province’s expert pandemic experts projected COVID-19 cases would climb after Monday’s partial reopening, Dr. Kieran Moore gave an afternoon briefing.
The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table said relaxing public health measures aimed at controlling the Omicron variant would increase virus spread, but the experts couldn’t say by how much.
The group said outcomes will depend partly on how many people have recently been infected, a number that is hard to determine because the province has limited access to PCR tests.
Restaurants, gyms and cinemas among other venues were allowed to reopen to half capacity on Monday with proof-of-vaccination rules in place for guests.
Social gathering limits were increased to 10 people indoors and some surgeries that were paused to preserve health system capacity were also allowed to resume.