Ontario will lift its COVID-19 physical distancing rules for restaurants, bars and gyms as of Monday, Premier Doug Ford announced Friday as he laid out a long-term plan for reopening the province as the pandemic recedes.
Ontario reported 492 new cases of COVID-19 and the deaths of 12 more people with the illness on Friday, as the province gets set to lift capacity restrictions in settings like restaurants, bars and gyms.more than 400 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths on Thursday as the seven-day rolling average continues to decrease.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment says it offered to help Ontario develop its vaccine-passport app last month in a bid to keep sports fans from having to use a separate app ahead of the new NBA and NHL seasons.
The province reports one school closed due to outbreak or operational considerations. Over 11 per cent of the province’s 4,844 schools have a reported case of COVID-19.
People who drive or deliver for app platforms in Ontario such as Uber, Lyft and Skip the Dishes are calling on Premier Doug Ford’s government to grant them basic workers’ rights by classifying them as employees.
The Ontario Hospital Association, along with other stakeholder groups, shared its position Thursday in a letter responding to Premier Doug Ford’s request for input on a possible mandatory vaccination policy for hospital workers.
Labour Minister Monte McNaughton said the proposed legislation would, if passed, prevent many regulatory bodies from requiring immigrants to have Canadian work experience to get licensed.
The federal government has announced a suite of changes to the popular income and business support programs put in place during the pandemic and set to expire on Saturday.
Instead of issuing a singular federal national COVID-19 vaccine passport, the federal government says that each province and territory will be responsible for issuing a ‘standardized pan-Canadian’ vaccine passport that Canadians can use when travelling. Each province’s system is supposed to have a ‘common’ look and feel, with the expectation that by next month all Canadians will have access.
Restaurants, gyms and other facilities in Ontario currently subject to the vaccine certificate regime will soon be given the green light to open at full capacity — perhaps as early as next week.