Jan 19, 2022

By Christine Ross

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After teasing about ‘good news’ for businesses all week, comes word that Doug Ford is set to announce Thursday the lifting of some restrictions.

Restaurants can reportedly reopen January 31st at half capacity, five days later than the restrictions were set to end January 26th.

It remains unclear when other businesses like gyms and theatres will be able to reopen.

The Premier is expected to announce a gradual lifting of restrictions thru February and a possible full reopening in March.

Last week, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kieran Moore couldn’t guarantee that businesses could start reopening January 26th saying it’s a government decision, even though it’ll be based his recommendation.

But says he’ll follow the trends now that students are back in class.

“We’re monitoring all pediatric admissions to hospital, to intensive care and we’re tracking that very closely as well as the PCR test positivity in children to have a key metric of any increased transmission or risk within the school settings and will inform government of any trends in the coming days to enable them to make informed decision on the reopening,” said Dr. Moore.

Last week, Dr. Moore said the  reopening will be ‘staged and phased’.

And both the head of Ontario’s science advisers and  Toronto’s top doctor are urging the province to reopen slowly.

Meantime, the unvaccinated make up just 10 percent of the population but are 50 percent of the COVID patients in hospital.

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