Temporarily Moving to Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen

The province, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is temporarily moving the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen with modifications that take into account the province’s successful vaccination efforts. These time-limited measures will help blunt transmission and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed as the province continues to accelerate its booster dose rollout.

As part of the province’s response to the Omicron variant, starting January 5, students will pivot to remote learning with free emergency child care planned for school-aged children of health care and other eligible frontline workers

Evolving data is showing that while the Omicron variant is less severe, its high transmissibility has resulted in a larger number of hospital admissions relative to ICU admissions. Real-world experience and evidence in Ontario reveal that approximately one percent of Omicron cases require hospital care. The rapid rise of Omicron cases, which may soon number in the hundreds of thousands, could result in the province’s hospital capacity becoming overwhelmed if further action isn’t taken to curb transmission.

In response, the province will return to the modified version of Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen effective Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. for at least 21 days (until January 26, 2022), subject to trends in public health and health system indicators.  

Measures include:

  • Reducing social gathering limits to five people indoors, and 10 people outdoors
  • Requiring businesses and organizations to ensure employees work remotely unless the nature of their work requires them to be on-site
  • Limiting capacity at indoor weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites, and ceremonies limited to 50 percent capacity of the particular room. Outdoor services are limited to the number of people that can maintain two metres of physical distance
  • Retail settings, including shopping malls, permitted at 50 percent capacity
  • Personal care services permitted at 50 percent capacity and other restrictions
  • Closing indoor dining at restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments. Outdoor dining with restrictions, takeout, drive-through, and delivery is permitted.
  • Closing indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities including gyms
  • All publicly funded and private schools will move to remote learning starting January 5 until at least January 17, subject to public health trends

News Release:

English: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001394/ontario-temporarily-moving-to-modified-step-two-of-the-roadmap-to-reopen

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