Province lifting capacity limits, distancing measures in restaurants, bars, casinos

The Ontario government announced that on Monday, October 25, capacity limits and distancing rules will be lifted in the majority of settings where proof of vaccination is required.

These parameters include:

  • Restaurants, bars and other catering establishments

  • Indoor areas of sports and recreational facilities such as gymnasiums and where personal fitness trainers provide instruction

  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gambling establishments

  • Indoor meeting and event spaces

Other businesses and departments may waive capacity limits and physical distancing requirements, if they choose to require proof of vaccination from customers, including:

  • Personal care services (eg, hair salons, salons, body art)

  • Indoor areas of museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centers, monuments, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions

  • The interior spaces of amusement parks

  • Interior spaces for fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals

  • Interior tours and guide services

  • Boat trips

  • Interior spaces of marinas and nautical clubs

  • Indoor clubhouses in outdoor recreational facilities

  • Open days offered by real estate agencies

  • Interior spaces of photography studios and services

Additionally, the provincial government plans to lift capacity limits in other venues where proof of vaccination is required, including nightclubs, wedding receptions in meeting / event spaces where there is dancing, strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs, in November.

What COVID-19 restrictions will be in place in Ontario in 2022?

On January 17, 2022, “in the absence of worrying trends in public health and health care after the winter break months and after students return to classroom learning,” the provincial government l ‘Intention to lift the requirement of proof of vaccination for restaurants, bars, sets used for sports and recreational facilities and casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments.

This would extend to other businesses in February of next year.

As we move into the colder months, this virus wants to spread, while the humidity inside decreases, the virus wants to spread. It is a call for more people to be vaccinated.Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario

“The correct date we have set, which I think is very appropriate, is January 17th to review the data. This will give us the opportunity to review the previous two months of potential activity in Ontario.

In March, the Ontario government plans to remove the masking requirement in indoor public spaces and proof of vaccination could be lifted for all remaining environments, including meeting and event spaces, sporting events , concerts, theaters and cinemas, racing venues and commercial and film productions with studio audiences.

“By March, we hope to have maximized our vaccination strategy in Ontario… to the point that this virus does not have a host in which it can reproduce,” said Dr. Moore. “Then we will have to learn to live with this virus.”

“Unfortunately, some will acquire immunity naturally, but our goal is to continue to maximize our vaccination strategy during this time.”

Timeline of questions from Canadian medical experts

Ontarians, including health experts, took to social media to comment on the provincial government’s announcement.

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