Ontario Limits Gatherings To Mitigate Spread Of Omicron

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Doug Ford’s government is cracking down on social gatherings during the holiday season.

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Families are told to keep Christmas and other informal holiday gatherings to a maximum of 10 people indoors, while restaurants and bars have been ordered to limit their capacity and hours.

Reversing the reopening is needed to mitigate the impact of the Omicron variant, a highly contagious strain that has caused a “tidal wave” of new cases in the UK, the Prime Minister said.

“Sitting down, playing defense is not an option,” Ford told Ontarians on Friday. “We have to face this variant head-on. “

The prime minister told parents he could not guarantee schools would reopen after the holidays.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Kieran Moore said the province faces a serious threat from Omicron – the variant has already put two of 1,000 confirmed cases in hospital – and delaying its spread will give time. increase the number of vaccinations.

“It is clear that Omicron will not be taking a vacation,” said Moore.

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STAY AT HOME

– Informal social gatherings, like Christmas dinner, limited to 10 people indoors, 25 people outdoors

TO GO OUT

– Limit of 10 customers at a table and must remain seated in restaurants, bars and other dining establishments, meeting and event spaces and strip clubs

– Lights off for bars and restaurants, meeting and event spaces and strip clubs at 11 p.m., except for take out and delivery

– Ban on dancing in indoor public places, except for workers or artists

– No food or beverage service at sporting events, concert halls, theaters and cinemas, casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments, racetracks, car racing tracks and similar venues

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– The last call in restaurants, bars and similar businesses is now at 10 p.m. and no alcohol consumption after 11 p.m.

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INDOOR REDUCED TO 50% CAPACITY

– Restaurants, bars and other catering establishments and strip clubs

– Personal care services

– Personal physical trainers

– Retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies)

– Shopping centers

– Non-spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities (e.g. gymnasiums)

– Indoor recreational facilities

– Indoor clubhouses in outdoor recreational facilities

– Tour and guide services

– Photography studios and services

– Marinas and nautical clubs

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