Ontario Further Strengthening Response to Omicron

In response to the rapidly-spreading and highly transmissible Omicron variant, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is applying additional public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity and social gathering limits.

To further strengthen its response to Omicron, Ontario is introducing a 50 per cent capacity limit in the following indoor public settings:
– Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments and strip clubs;
– Personal care services;
– Personal physical fitness trainers;
– Retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies);
– Shopping malls;
– Non-spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities (e.g. gyms);
– Indoor recreational amenities;
– Indoor clubhouses at outdoor recreational amenities;
– Tour and guide services; and
– Photography studios and services; and
– Marinas and boating clubs.

These limits do not apply to any portion of a business or place that is being used for a wedding, a funeral or a religious service, rite, or ceremony. Businesses or facilities will also need to post a sign stating the capacity limits that are permitted in the establishment.

Additional protective measures are also being applied:
– The number of patrons permitted to sit at a table will be limited to 10 people and patrons will be required to remain seated in restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments, meeting and event spaces and strip clubs.
– Bars and restaurants, meeting and event spaces and strip clubs will be required to close by 11 p.m. Take out and delivery will be permitted beyond 11 p.m.
– Dancing will not be allowed except for workers or performers.
– Food and/or drink services will be prohibited at sporting events; concert venues, theatres and cinemas; casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments; and horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues.
– The sale of alcohol will be restricted after 10 p.m. and consumption of alcohol in businesses or settings after 11 p.m.

In addition, to mitigate COVID-19 transmission that can occur at informal social gatherings, the province is also reducing social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

These restrictions will come into effect on 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, December 19, 2021.

Additional Resources
All Ontarians 18+ Eligible for COVID-19 Booster Appointments at Three-Month Interval
Ontario Launching Holiday Pop-Up Testing Blitz
Ontario Taking Action to Protect Against Omicron Variant
Responding to Omicron and Protecting Our Progress
Ontario Accelerating Booster Eligibility to Adults Aged 50+
Using your Enhanced Vaccine Certificate: Frequently Asked Questions
– For public inquiries, please contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007).
– For resources in multiple languages to help local communication efforts in responding to COVID-19, visit Ontario’s COVID-19 communication resources webpage.
– Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19.
– For public inquiries call The Stop the Spread line at 1-888-444-3659. Open Monday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Read the full media release.

Comments are closed here.