Province of Ontario to Ease Restrictions Starting February 17, 2022
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has given an update on the COVID-19 situation in Ontario.
In consultations with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, the province is set to drop several public health measures, given improving pandemic data. Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have dropped to 1500 from Ontario’s peak of +4000 in January, 2022. In addition, the COVID-19 positivity rate has decreased to 13% from a positivity rate of 40% in January, 2022.
As of Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 12:01 AM, the following measures will be eased:
Capacity limits to be lifted for indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, except for sporting events, concert venues and theatres which will be lifted to 50% capacity.
Capacity limits to be increased to 25% in higher-risk indoor settings (e.g. nightclubs).
Increasing social gather limits to 50 people indoors and 100 people capacity limit outdoors.
Organized public events will increase capacity to 50 people indoors with no limits at outdoor organized public events.
As of Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 12:01 AM, all indoor public setting capacity limits will be eliminated. Ontario will also life proof of vaccination requirements at this time. Masking requirements will still remain in place for all indoor public settings until further data suggests it is safe to eliminate masking requirements.