COVID-19: Ontario reduces gathering, capacity limits in response to Omicron variant | FULL

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced new restrictions in response to the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant on Friday, alongside chief medical officer of health Dr. Kieran Moore.

Capacity limits, restrictions on food and drink service, and gathering size caps are among the new measures that were announced.

“We need to meet this variant head on. We need to do everything we can to push it back,” said Ford.

Beginning Sunday at 12:01 a.m., there will be a 50 per cent capacity for indoor settings including restaurants, gyms and shopping malls. Bars, restaurants, meeting and event spaces and strip clubs will be required to close at 11 p.m., though takeout will be allowed to continue. Alcohol sales will be restricted after 10 p.m.

Meanwhile, indoor informal social gathering limits are being reduced to 10 and outdoor limits to 25.

Earlier this week, the province announced new measures including making booster shots available to all adults starting Monday.

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