A few weeks ago news came out that Ontario would be extending its emergency use powers and delaying its reopening due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.
Well, it looks like that delay is going to be even longer now as, in an official statement, the government of Ontario announced that its reopening efforts will now be halted indefinitely because of a spike in daily cases and fears around the new Omicron variant.
The statement released by the government of Ontario features a quote from Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliot that says “In line with Ontario’s cautious approach to date, as public health and medical experts learn more about the Omicron variant, we are continuing to take a deliberate pause in reopening to protect our hard-fought progress against COVID-19.”
The pausing of reopening means that capacity limits on areas considered higher risk where proof of vaccination is required are not going away any time soon. These settings include.
- food or drink establishments with dance facilities such as night clubs and wedding receptions in meeting/event spaces where there is dancing
- strip clubs
- sex clubs and bathhouses.