Ford Announces Plan to Lift Remaining COVID-19 Restrictions in Coming Months

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford attends a property   briefing astatine  the Queens Park legislature  successful  Toronto connected  Oct. 15, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Chris Young)

Ontario Premier Doug Ford attends a property briefing astatine the Queens Park legislature successful Toronto connected Oct. 15, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Chris Young)

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced plans to gradually assistance each COVID-19 nationalist wellness restrictions implicit the coming months, including masking requirements by March 2022.

Speaking astatine a property conference connected Friday, Ford and different officials said the archetypal measurement successful the exit program is to region capableness limits successful settings wherever proof of vaccination is required, including gyms, bars, restaurants, casinos, and different indoor gathering spaces. The bid volition instrumentality effect connected Monday Oct. 25 astatine 12:01 a.m.

“I said to you past week that our authorities was successful the last stages of processing a program to safely reopen Ontario. I said this program would basal the trial of time. This program is designed to bring certainty and predictability to what our effect to the pandemic volition look similar successful the coming months,” Ford said.

Ontario lifted capableness limits for ample venues specified arsenic performance halls, theatres, and sports arenas connected Oct. 8.

Minister of Health Christine Elliott said the authorities volition proceed to show the impacts of the removal of capableness limits connected nationalist health, and if determination are nary concerning trends much restrictions volition beryllium removed.

“We volition proceed to cautiously and gradually assistance different nationalist wellness measures successful November 2021, and January, February, and March 2022,” Elliott said.

“On Jan. 17, 2022, determination would statesman a gradual lifting of vaccine certification requirements, main aesculapian serviceman of wellness directives, and capableness limits successful settings were impervious of vaccination is not required. Other nationalist wellness and workplace information measures, including masking, would stay until March 28, 2022, astatine which clip they volition beryllium lifted.”

Andrew Chen

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Andrew Chen is an Epoch Times newsman based successful Toronto.