New Rules for Social Gatherings in Ontario

As Christmas and New Year approach, a shadow remains over the season. Infections are rising worldwide and the rapidly spreading Omicron variant has triggered new restrictions on travel and public gatherings, reminiscent of the dark days of 2020. For gatherings with unvaccinated people, the limit is household plus five. Court of Queen`s Bench Justice John Henderson says his decision is in the public interest because he doesn`t want Albertans to question the rules the health care provider has put in place to contain the spread of the virus. Last year, Denmark was one of the first European countries to close schools due to the pandemic, and the government sent all public sector employees home without essential duties. The government has also banned gatherings of more than 100 people. Social gatherings associated with or after a service, rite or ceremony are limited to 5 people from different indoor households or 10 people from different outdoor households. Starting Sunday, Dec. 19, the province will reduce limits for informal social gatherings to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

4:07 p.m. British Columbia is restricting events and gatherings until the end of January to limit the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, The Canadian Press reports. The Ministry of Health says indoor gatherings, including those in rental or holiday properties, are also limited to one household plus 10 guests and everyone must be vaccinated. For organizations and businesses that host gatherings and events, follow the advice of your local health authority and use our tool to reduce the risk of gatherings and events. Think about the risks before you go out and make informed decisions. Protect yourself and others when participating in personal and social activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The limit on indoor social gatherings has been increased to 50 people, while restrictions on outdoor social gatherings have been lifted entirely. Outdoor spaces and recreation are important for health, well-being and social connections for all. Compared to indoor spaces, outdoor activities are less risky due to natural ventilation. A number of Canadian social media users reported encountering similar guidelines in hospitals and other health care settings.

Starting Tuesday, the province said indoor gatherings with vaccinated people will be limited to household members and 10 other people, CP said. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison is urging residents to follow public health rules, including physical distancing and wearing three-layer masks indoors and outdoors when distance cannot be maintained. “We`re not talking about shutting down the whole country like we did last year,” Frederiksen said. “Our goal is always to keep as many members of society open as possible. We need to curb activity. We all need to limit our social contacts. Protocols such as wearing masks and physical distancing, limiting gatherings and promoting rapid testing and vaccinations, “they all help and they help keep schools open and areas are hit hard by the pandemic,” Brown said. If possible, you should organize or move outdoor activities and gatherings. The Danish government advises residents to limit social contact during the Christmas holidays.

These include: a cap on private indoor gatherings for members of a household plus 10 other people; a limit on visits to long-term care homes; and a strict requirement for physical distancing at indoor public events that can only operate at half capacity. Indoor facilities are closed, subject to certain exceptions (e.g. child care, social services, government and health care). Then you may need to modify (or even cancel) those plans as the Ford government announced new limits on indoor gatherings as new COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the province. Ontario moved to the second phase of the plan on Feb. 17, increasing limits for social gatherings to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Other rules include selling alcohol after 10 p.m. and drinking alcohol in businesses or environments after 11 p.m.

to 4:41 p.m. Manitoba is introducing new restrictions on assembly sizes and capacity limits to contain the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, The Canadian Press reports. Libraries are open at up to 50% capacity, subject to certain exceptions (child care, social services, mental health support services). 3:54 p.m. Starting Sunday, Ontario`s indoor gathering limit will be reduced from 25 to 10 people and outdoor gathering limit from 100 to 25, with 50 per cent capacity limits for all restaurants and bars scheduled to close at 11 p.m., Star reports Robert Benzie. The closure order requires the consent of Parliament. Lawmakers on the 21-member epidemic committee were scheduled to meet Friday afternoon. Swimming in water outdoors, such as lakes or rivers, is a much lower risk due to natural ventilation. To mitigate the increase in new cases, the government has expanded the availability of booster doses. Starting Monday, December 20, 2021, people aged 18 and over will be able to arrange their refresher appointment. Ontario is reintroducing 50 per cent capacity limits in most of the province`s interiors.

This includes places such as restaurants and bars, personal care services, retailers, and shopping malls. As COVID-19 continues to circulate in Canada, governments and health authorities continue to: The province also launched a holiday testing flash, offering individuals free rapid antigen tests at pop-up locations across the province, as well as select LCBO stores in Ontario. Health authorities have twice extended their deadline to vaccinate health workers before making December 13 the last day to provide evidence. If you`re in charge of an outdoor space or part of a recreational organization, read: Marr says she was shocked when she boarded a bus in Lake Louise, B.C., this week and was asked to remove her N95 ventilator and put on a surgical mask. “We need to do everything we can to slow the spread while continuing to dramatically increase the ability to get as many boosters as possible in our arms. This is the best way to protect our hospitals and intensive care units,” he said. Ford`s additional restrictions follow a plea made Thursday by the scientific table for “kill switch” restrictions to mitigate the rise of Omicron by limiting person-to-person contact. Bars and restaurants, meeting and event spaces and strip clubs must close until 11pm, cancelling all New Year`s parties in these venues.

COVID-19 guidelines will continue, including vaccination requirements and the wearing of masks or face coverings. Municipal by-laws on masks also remain in effect. Stay informed about COVID-19 and changes in municipal services. The majority of the new infections reported Friday are in the central region of the province, which includes Halifax with 295 cases. There is little information about animals and COVID-19, especially if animals can spread the virus. In most cases, humans infect animals (human-to-human transmission). According to the World Organization for Animal Health, no pets have transmitted COVID-19 to humans.

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