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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Ontario has put the lifting of remaining capacity limits on hold once again

Ontario has put the remaining capacity limits on hold

Key takeaways:

  • The easing of remaining capacity limits in higher-risk situations that need COVID-19 immunization verification has been put on hold once more by Ontario.
  • ON TUESDAY, the COVID-19 science advisory table in Ontario presented new modelling, indicating that instances are rising significantly.

Ontario has put the lifting of remaining capacity constraints in higher-risk settings that need verification of COVID-19 vaccination on hold once more.

According to the administration, the decision is being made because public health indicators based on recent modelling show an increase in cases, with a predicted increase in hospitalizations and ICU treatments.

Also read: The first case of Omicron variant at a school is being investigated in Toronto

Capacity restrictions at food and beverage enterprises, such as nightclubs, wedding reception facilities, and meeting/event spaces with dancing, as well as strip clubs, sex clubs, and bathhouses, were supposed to be lifted on Nov. 15.

However, any modifications to capacity limitations in those settings have been postponed for another 28 days to see if trends improve.

“In keeping with Ontario’s careful approach to date, we’re continuing to take a strategic halt in reopening — to protect our hard-won progress against COVID-19,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

The province has not set a deadline for re-evaluating capacity limits that could be relaxed.

Ontario pauses plan to lift capacity limits in higher-risk settings
Ontario pauses plan to lift capacity limits in higher-risk settings. Image from CBC News

Even without Omicron, the COVID-19 science advisory table in Ontario presented fresh modelling on Tuesday, indicating that instances are rising significantly. While the ICUs in Ontario are currently stable, serious cases are likely to increase due to COVID infections.

The government designated Jan. 17 as the date for ending the necessity for proof of vaccination in some locations, such as gyms and restaurants, in a reopening plan issued in late October.

Despite the worsening COVID situation, the province has not changed its mind. Elliott indicated on Monday that if necessary, the strategy would be adjusted.

On Tuesday, Ontario reported 928 new instances, 165 people in intensive care due to a COVID-related illness.

Source: Global News

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