Ontario will further lift COVID-19 restrictions next Friday, allowing larger gatherings
Ontario’s Chief Health Officer, Dr. Kieran Moore, is scheduled to hold a press conference at 12 pm Eastern Time. You can watch it live in this story.
CBC News confirmed that the Ontario government plans to further remove COVID-19 restrictions on July 16, five days earlier than originally planned to allow larger-scale indoor and outdoor gatherings.
According to sources, since they do not have the right to speak publicly and are therefore confidential, Governor Doug Ford and his cabinet have approved the province to enter the third step of its reopening plan next Friday.
The news was first reported by the “Toronto Sun”.
This allows for outdoor social gatherings of up to 100 people and indoor up to 25 people.
Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms, will be able to reopen at 50% of capacity or up to 1,000 people, whichever is less.
As long as customers can maintain proper physical distance, there is no capacity limit for indoor catering, retail and personal care.
As long as people comply with other public health measures, religious services and activities such as weddings and funerals can also be carried out indoors.
The indoor capacity of movie theaters, museums, aquariums, casinos and bingo halls can reach 50%, and the outdoor capacity can reach 75%.
The move also allows concerts, theaters and sports facilities to operate at 50% of the capacity and can accommodate up to 1,000 people. If they are outdoors, they can operate at 75% of their capacity, and can accommodate up to 5,000 people for non-seat events and up to 15,000 for fixed seat events.
Ontario was originally scheduled to enter Step 3 on July 21, but the province has passed the COVID-19 vaccination goal to enter Step 3. 78% of adults received a dose of the vaccine, and As of Wednesday, more than 50% of people have been fully vaccinated.
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