Ontario just set a hard limit on social gatherings, so cancel those Christmas and New Year plans The Ontario government responded Friday afternoon to a worrying rise in COVID-19 cases, announcing more than 1,450 new infections — the highest infection rate in more than six months — and resulting changes to reopening plans and vaccination passport rules. 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`s Chief Medical Officer of Health is advising Ontarians to opt for small holiday gatherings this year due to rising cases and the Omicron variant. He suggested that people wear masks at gatherings when at-risk people are present, even if everyone is fully vaccinated. As COVID-19 cases stabilize at more than 1,000 per day and Omicron cases rise rapidly, Dr. Kieran Moore warned Ontarians to hold smaller gatherings and attend less. As for the rules, the limit for private gatherings indoors (e.g. in a house) is 25 people. This is also the limit for indoor public events. Unlike in 2020, holiday gatherings in eastern Ontario and western Quebec are generally undeterred. The Prince Edward Public Health Unit and the Renfrew County and District Health Unit recently warned of rising cases, saying restricting close contact means keeping gatherings restricted and seeing a cohesive group of people rather than constantly mixing them up. Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health has broken local pandemic records in recent weeks. One of the local rule changes is to limit indoor private gatherings to 10 people.

Most people won`t be happy with all these new rules, regulations and warnings a little more than two weeks before Christmas. But anyone who can`t stand those embarrassing office shins breathes a sigh of relief today, untouched by another unpleasant social obligation of a pandemic that simply won`t stop. For those organizing holiday gatherings, he advised that all guests be vaccinated. Due to the increasing number of cases, the statement “strongly advises” Ontarians to “limit their social gatherings and the number of gatherings they attend, especially during the holiday season.” Many events and gatherings contain elements that may increase the transmission of COVID-19, including: Starting at 12:01 p.m. on Sunday, December 19, indoor social gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 10 people. Outdoor social gatherings can accommodate up to 25 people, though health officials are encouraging everyone to minimize social contact where they can in the coming weeks. Ontario Strongly Warns People Not to Restrict Indoor Gatherings People attending indoor gatherings at a business or workplace must follow the restrictions and rules of this framework and follow the guidelines set by hosts. Other rules include selling alcohol after 10 p.m.

and drinking alcohol in businesses or establishments after 11 p.m. Private outdoor gatherings can accommodate up to 100 people, and events in places where people are required to show proof of vaccination have no limits. Places of worship have the possibility to check the proof of vaccination and the discharge capacity and distance rules. For more information, the Ontario Holiday Advice Centre was updated last week. Planners can mitigate the risks of indoor gatherings by having an outdoor option, opening windows, and making sure people can keep their hands clean. Quebec has stricter rules for private gatherings than Ontario. Here are important collection rules and tips for different parts of the region from early December. Keep in mind that public health units have some flexibility for their residents and that the situation can change quickly.

Private outdoor gatherings can accommodate up to 20 people, but also three households or fewer. Businesses and organizations can implement their own rules and policies regarding mask wearing in their communities, and Ontarians should respect and follow these rules. In addition to the general requirements and guidance above for masks, workers may have separate personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements than their employer. “Please keep your social contacts to a minimum,” he said. “Your meeting should be small and you should limit the number of meetings you attend.” Private indoor gatherings cannot have more than 10 people from different addresses, and this group must come from three or fewer different addresses. Masks are highly recommended for people who are not fully vaccinated. Private events in public spaces are limited to 25 people indoors and 50 outdoors. You should wear a mask at all times when you are outside your home and in public places (including school and daycare, unless you are under the age of two) if you: At his weekly press conference Thursday, Dr. Kieran Moore said that “getting back to basics” can help protect people from the dominant variant of the delta coronavirus and the emerging Omicron variant. It is completely forbidden to eat and drink at sporting events, concert halls, gaming establishments, theaters and cinemas, i.e. no beer at concerts and no popcorn in cinemas.

Learn how to self-isolate in case of COVID-19 As infections and hospitalizations rise, the province is issuing a strong warning against the new Omicron variant ahead of the upcoming holiday season. And for those heeding warnings from health experts, it may be time to think about eliminating some table decorations at your next holiday gathering. If you`re staying at another property or hosting guests overnight, the seven-day moving average of new cases continues to rise, now standing at 692, up from 597 a week ago. Antiviral treatments for COVID-19 are available for people with symptoms and a positive result (PCR or rapid antigen test) who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Find out if you qualify for antiviral tests or treatments, or talk to your doctor to find out more. Here are some examples of scenarios that can help you make your decisions: The statement also recommends that participants “also wear face coverings and physical distancing if those present are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated, or if their vaccination status is unknown.” You should stay home until all of the following conditions apply to you: If a fully vaccinated group feels comfortable not wearing a mask indoors, it`s allowed. Take the COVID-19 self-assessment for recommendations on what to do if you have symptoms of illness or have tested positive for COVID-19. Take it for yourself or on behalf of someone else.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19 and work in a high-risk environment (e.g., a hospital, long-term care home, or retirement home), you should talk to your employer and follow your workplace`s instructions to return to work. Masks continue to be recommended in environments where there are people at high risk of serious consequences and are necessary in long-term care homes and retirement homes. If any of the following apply to you, you should take the additional precautions listed below: Participants who are not fully vaccinated or whose status is unknown must wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing.