Ontario Independent

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

In Ontario, here’s a list of what’s reopening and when

In Ontario, here's what's reopening and when.

Key Takeaways:

  • On Monday, the Ontario government announced that the next step in its COVID-19 reopening plan would occur on Thursday, four days ahead of schedule.

The Ontario govt announced on Monday that the next step in its COVID-19 reopening plan would take place on Thursday, four days ahead of schedule.

Beginning March 1, the province will no longer require proof of vaccination.

Premier Doug Ford stated that the decisions were made based on advice from the province’s chief medical officer of health during a news conference Monday morning.

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“This is fantastic news, and it demonstrates how far we’ve come in our fight against the virus.” whereas we are not yet out of the woods, we are making progress,” the premier said in a statement released Monday.

Here’s a complete list of what’s reopening in Ontario and when:

February 17

  • Increasing the count of people who can attend a social gathering to 50 inside and 100 outside.
  • Restricting the number of people who can attend organized public events to 50 inside and limit outside.
  • Removing capacity restrictions in the following indoor public places that require proof of vaccination, including but not limited to:
  • Restaurants, bars, and other food and beverage establishments do not have a dance floor.
  • Areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, such as gyms that are not open to the public.
  • Cinemas
  • Spaces for meetings and events, such as conference centers or convention centers.
  • Casinos, bingo halls, and other gambling venues.
  • Indoor areas of settings that have chosen to require proof of vaccination.
  • Providing 50% of the normal seating capacity in sports arenas.
  • Allowing concert halls and theatres to seat 50% more people than usual.
  • In the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, such as nightclubs, restaurants with dancing, bathhouses, and sex clubs, increasing indoor capacity limits to 25%.
  • Increasing capacity restricts indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites, or ceremonies to the count of individuals who can maintain two meters of physical distance. If the location chooses to use proof of immunization or if the service, rite, or ceremony occurs outside, capacity limits are removed.
In Ontario, here's what's reopening and when.
In Ontario, here’s what’s reopening and when. Image from DH

March 1

  • Limits on capacity in all remaining indoor public spaces are being raised.
  • At this time, proof of vaccination is no longer required in all settings. Businesses and other organizations may choose to require proof of vaccination in the future.
  • At this time, masking necessities will be in place, with a specific timeline for lifting this measure to be conveyed at a later date.

Source: CTV News

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