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Sports Ontario's new plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions coming next week

02:10  14 october  2021
02:10  14 october  2021 Source:   cbc.ca

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Ontario remains in Step Three in the Roadmap to Reopen In response to evolving data around the Delta variant and based on the recent experiences of other jurisdictions, the government, in consultation with Ontario ’ s Chief Medical Officer of Health, paused the full exit from the Roadmap to Reopen. It is not intended to be legal advice or an interpretation of the law. For the full set of provincial restrictions , see the regulations under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID - 19 covid 19 Act), 2020 . If there is any conflict with this summary and the regulations, the regulations prevail.

Ontario will let more businesses reopen, gradually lift stay-at-home orders. Ontario Premier Doug Ford laid out the province' s plan for a reopening framework at a press conference Monday 22. In the coming weeks , the province will progressively move more regions back into the colour-coded WATCH | Ford outlines new restrictions : Ontario to begin loosening some COVID - 19 restrictions .

Ontario will announce a revised COVID-19 pandemic plan next week that describes how the province will exit Step 3 of its current 'Roadmap to Reopen,' a senior official in Premier Doug Ford's government told CBC News. © Evan Mitsui/CBC Ontario will announce a revised COVID-19 pandemic plan next week that describes how the province will exit Step 3 of its current 'Roadmap to Reopen,' a senior official in Premier Doug Ford's government told CBC News.

Premier Doug Ford's government will announce its new plan for lifting more of Ontario's COVID-19 public health restrictions next week, CBC News has learned.

The easing of pandemic measures will include ending capacity limits in all locations where proof-of-vaccination requirements are in place, such as restaurants, bars and gyms, a senior official in Ford's government said Wednesday.

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With Ontario facing dangerously high rates of COVID - 19 that could result in many more deaths, Premier Doug Ford declared a second provincial state of emergency Tuesday and announced a slate of new restrictions in an effort to bring the virus under control. The Ontario government has announced a state of emergency, a provincial stay-at-home order and new restrictions , as COVID - 19 modelling revealed Tuesday that the health-care system is on the verge of being overwhelmed. (Evan Mitsui/CBC).

“ COVID - 19 declared emergency” means the emergency declared pursuant to Order in Council 518/2020 ( Ontario Regulation 50/20) on March 17, 2020 pursuant to section 7.0.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. (“situation d’urgence déclarée en raison de la COVID - 19 ”). (3) For greater certainty, an order that is in force is continued under subsection (1) even if, on the day that subsection comes into force, the order does not apply to any area of the Province.

The official provided information about the government's plans on condition of anonymity. CBC News agreed not to name the official in order to inform the public in advance of the announcement.

Ontario has been at Step 3 of what the government calls its "Roadmap to Reopen" since mid-July. The official said it's now time to unveil a "revised pandemic plan" that takes into account the province's success in getting the population vaccinated against COVID-19, while also keeping a lid on the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus.

"We owe people a clear plan to exit the roadmap," the official said in an interview. "The work began months ago, we are finalizing the plan now and we expect to release it late next week."

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Premier Doug Ford's government acknowledges it was a mistake to announce the lifting of Ontario's COVID-19 capacity limits for spectator sports venues, cinemas and theatres last Friday without announcing its plan for restaurants, bars and gyms, said the senior official. © Evan Mitsui/CBC Premier Doug Ford's government acknowledges it was a mistake to announce the lifting of Ontario's COVID-19 capacity limits for spectator sports venues, cinemas and theatres last Friday without announcing its plan for restaurants, bars and gyms, said the senior official.

The Ontario government will not lift all public health measures and "pretend the pandemic is over," said the official, noting that indoor-masking requirements will remain in place.

However, the plan will signal when physical distancing and capacity limits can be lifted in settings where proof of vaccination is not required, such as places of worship, the official said.

The plan will also indicate conditions that would prompt the government to reimpose restrictions, on a targeted and local basis, should any significant spike in new infections emerge.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says all remaining restrictions to limit the spread of the coronavirus may be lifted next week , after the country all but eliminated the virus domestically. Ms Ardern said the nation could move to alert level 1 next week , which means all social The findings come from a systematic review of 44 studies, including seven involving the virus causing COVID - 19 . The remaining focused on SARS or MERS. "This puts all that information clearly in one place for policymakers to use," said study co-author Dr Derek Chu of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario .

live. Covid - 19 Freedom Index. The soon-to-be-ended classification of Covid as a critical societal threat allowed authorities to force such restrictions as obligatory mask-wearing and 'coronapass' requirements, as well as the banning of mass gatherings in the country. “ The government has promised not to hold on to the measures longer than was necessary, and there we are now ,” the statement said, adding no special requirements will be needed even for major public events, and also in regard to access to the country’ s nightlife.

The official declined to state which day next week the plan will be announced, nor to give a specific date of when the relaxed measures will take effect. The government has previously said Ontario's digital proof-of-vaccination app will launch on Oct. 22, which is Friday of next week.

News that more restrictions will be lifted comes as Ontario is seeing an average of 500 new cases of COVID-19 daily. That seven-day average figure has trended steadily downward since Sept. 5, despite the resumption of school for the province's two million elementary and secondary students.

Ontario: New daily cases of COVID-19

The fact that in-person classes returned without producing a spike in the province's overall number of cases is one key reason why the government believes the time is right for exiting Step 3 of the roadmap, the official said.

Other key factors are the province's vaccination rate and little evidence of virus transmission at locations where Ontario's vaccine-passport system has been in place since Sept. 22.

The latest provincial figures show 83 per cent of Ontarians aged 12 and up are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and another five per cent have received one dose of a vaccine.

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"We've watched and learned lessons from other provinces that moved too quickly to open up," the official said. "We're going to continue to be cautious."

However, the official acknowledges it "was a mistake" for the government to announce the lifting of capacity limits for spectator sports venues, cinemas and theatres, without announcing its plan for restaurants, bars and gyms. That news came late on the Friday afternoon before the long weekend.

a group of people standing in a parking lot: Despite the return of in-person schooling across Ontario, the province's seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases has fallen steadily since its fourth-wave peak in early September. © Evan Mitsui/CBC Despite the return of in-person schooling across Ontario, the province's seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases has fallen steadily since its fourth-wave peak in early September.

The move benefited Ontario's NHL teams by giving the Toronto Maple Leafs the chance to play their home opener before capacity crowds on Wednesday night, and the Ottawa Senators able to play theirs on Thursday.

But it left restaurant owners seething.

Members of the Ford government and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore had previously indicated that the main goal for Ontario is to avoid further lockdowns, and that any future tightening of measures would be tailored toward reining in local outbreaks, with the aim of minimizing disruption to people's lives. 

The new plan will include guidance about travel and more specifics about when the province will transition the proof-of-vaccination program from mandatory to voluntary, said the official. "Ontarians will have a better idea of what they can expect in the months ahead as we continue to confront COVID-19," the official added.

The current description of Ontario's reopening plan on the province's website indicates that "the majority of public health measures in effect under Step 3 will be lifted" when Ontario moves to the next phase of its pandemic response.

The website says that would include removing capacity limits in all sectors and removing requirements for active screening of patrons and workers.

COVID-19 is linked to the deaths of more than 9,800 people in Ontario since March 2020.

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