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Ontario Announces New COVID-19 Restrictions

In a press conference Friday afternoon, Premier Doug Ford and Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, announced additional restrictions to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario. In particular, there is much continued concern around the Omicron variant.


Premier Ford said that the province has not made a decision for returning to school in January. He said, "We are simply not in a position to say."


Effective Sunday, December 19 at 12:01 AM, the following restrictions will be in effect:

  • Indoor gatherings are restricted to 10 people or less

  • Outdoor gatherings are restricted to 25 people or less


A 50% capacity limit will be placed on the following services:

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Strip Clubs

  • Gyms

  • Personal Care Services

  • Shopping Malls

  • Pharmacies

  • Grocery Stores

  • Indoor recreational amenities

  • Indoor clubhouses at outdoor recreational amenities

  • Tour and guide services

  • Photography studios and services

  • Marinas and boating clubs


In addition:

  • Limit of 10 people per table at bars and restaurants

  • Restaurants, Bars, Meeting Spaces, Event Spaces and Strip Clubs must be closed by 11 PM. Take-Out and Delivery will be permitted beyond 11 PM.

  • Dancing is not allowed at bars

  • Alcohol must not be served after 10 PM and not sold after 11 PM

  • Provincial Civil Servants are now to work from home until March 31, 2022.


Food and/or drink services will be prohibited at the following:

  • Sporting events

  • Concert venues

  • Theatres and cinemas

  • casinos

  • Bingo halls and other gaming establishments

  • Horse racing tracks

  • Car racing tracks and other similar venues


More details are available here.

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