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Thursday, June 30, 2022

As the COVID-19 issue worsens, Ontario has to hold the reopening plan

Ontario has decided to put the reopening plan on hold indefinitely.

Key takeaways:

  • As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb, Ontario has chosen to postpone the next phase of the reopening plan indefinitely.
  • The administration said that the delay would be extended to track public health trends and learn more about the Omicron variety.

As COVID-19 instances continue to rise, Ontario has decided to put the next step of the reopening plan on hold indefinitely.

Capacity limits in remaining high-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required were due to be lifted on Nov. 15.

Due to an upsurge in instances, this was delayed for at least 28 days on Nov. 10.

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On Tuesday, the administration said that the delay would be extended to track public health trends and learn more about the Omicron variety.

The relaxation of these restrictions will be reconsidered at some point in the future, but no timeframe has been set.

The following are examples of higher-risk:

  • Strip clubs are food or beverage venues with dance facilities, such as nightclubs and wedding receptions in meeting/event spaces with dancing.
  • Bathhouses and sex clubs.

Nightclubs and bathhouses are currently restricted to a maximum capacity of 25% or 250 customers, whichever is lower.

Ontario extends pause on reopening plan indefinitely as COVID-19 situation  worsens
Ontario extends pause on reopening plan indefinitely as COVID-19 situation worsens. Image from iHeart Radio

There is no stated capacity limit for strip clubs; however, enterprises must maintain a physical separation of at least two meters between groups.

At this time, no more adjustments to the reopening schedule have been announced.

For weeks, health experts have warned that as more people gather indoors during the winter months, the number of cases will rise.

Even without the Omicron form, new modelling data released Tuesday morning predicts that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Ontario will continue to climb dramatically.

According to the statistics, intensive care unit occupancy is expected to rise to 250-400 beds in January, even without the new Omicron variety spreading, putting hospitals under additional strain.

They also stated that COVID-19 instances would certainly exceed current forecasts once the Omicron form spreads.

In Ontario, the seven-day average of new cases per day has surged to 940, the highest level since the 3rd wave ended in early June.

Source: CTV News

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