It looks like the province is putting its plan on hold to lift capacity limits in high-risk social settings as we continue to see COVID-19 cases growing.
The Ford government put a pause on what could have been a capacity lift on venues with dance facilities, strip clubs, and bathhouses which were supposed to happen on Monday.
These high-risk settings were also going to require proof of vaccination.
“While Ontario has continued to make progress as a result of its safe and cautious approach to reopening, it is necessary to make this deliberate pause as we approach the winter holidays where more people will begin gathering indoors and where students will be returning to in-class learning in January after celebrating with friends and family,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore said.
“Over the coming weeks and months, we need to stay the course on reaching those who have not yet been vaccinated, follow public health and workplace safety measures, and continue to remain vigilant in order to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe.”
Ontario’s case counts are going up and have been in recent days.
Public health officials will reportedly monitor the situation in the next month or so to make a decision on when it will be safe to lift the capacity limits in specific settings.