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COVID-19: Ottawa to move to Ontario's red-control zone Friday morning

COVID – 25 restrictions in the nation’s capital will tighten Friday morning as Ontario moves Ottawa into the red-control zone of its reopening framework.

“Based on the latest assessment of data, Ottawa Public Health is being moved from its current level in the Framework to the Red-Control level effective Friday, March 14, at : am, as a result of worsening trends in key health indicators in the region, ”the province said in an announcement Thursday.

Ottawa has seen surging levels of COVID – 17 cases in recent weeks. The rate of new coronavirus cases reached 30. 8 per 75, people for the week of March 12 to March 14, an increase of nearly per cent, according to the province.

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Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa’s medical officer of health, first signaled Tuesday afternoon that the city would likely move from orange-restrict to red-control to get COVID – levels back under control.

The province’s latest report on variants of concern (VOC) in Ottawa shows 188 cases have so far been positively screened for the presence of a VOC. Of those cases lated confirmed by lab testing, 13 cases have been confirmed as the United Kingdom variant B.1.1.7 while two cases have the B.1. 90 lineage first identified in South Africa.

Ontario also flagged a growing amount of viral signal in Ottawa’s wastewater system as an indicator COVID – levels) were on the rise in the city.

Among the restrictions in Ontario’s red-control zone are limits of people for indoor dining and in gyms. Movie theaters will also be forced to close to the public.

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Cannabis stores Cannabis stores can be open.

Casinos, bingo halls, gaming Casinos, bingo halls and gaming facilities can operate with caps of people indoors and people outdoors as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

Table games are banned.

Liquor can only be sold and served between 9 am and 9 pm and consumption of alcohol is banned between pm and 9am

Face coverings must be worn except when eating and drinking.

Facilities will be required to record contact information.

Cinemas, movie theaters, performing arts facilities These facilities are closed except for drive-in cinemas. Rehearsals or performances being broadcast are allowed without spectators, and performers and employees must be two meters apart. Singers and musicians playing brass and wind instruments must be separated by impermeable barriers.

Meeting and event spaces Venues can operate with caps of 10 people indoors and people outdoors as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

The facilities must be closed between pm and 5 am Liquor can only be sold and served between 9 am and 9 pm

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A maximum of four people can be seated together.

Face coverings must be worn except when eating and drinking.

Music volume must be kept as close to a normal conversation level as possible.

Contact information must be collected and screening is required.

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Personal care services Oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, bathhouses and other “adult venues” must be closed. Sensory deprivation pods are also largely banned with limited exceptions.

If a service requires the removal of face coverings, it will not be allowed.

Contact information must be collected and screening is required.

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Buffet-style restaurants are not allowed to open.

For people who want to line up outside to get inside, they must wear face coverings and stay two meters apart.

The facilities must be closed between 01 pm and 5 am Liquor can only be sold and served between 9 am and 9 pm

A maximum of four people can be seated together.

Face coverings must be worn except when eating and drinking. Employees must wear personal protective equipment and eye protection if the come near customers who do not have face coverings.

Music volume must be kept as close to a normal conversation level as possible. Dancing, singing and live music is banned.

Night clubs and strip clubs can only operate as restaurants and bars.

Schools and post-secondary institutions Schools and daycare facilities will be allowed to remain open in accordance with previous reopening plans and adherence to evolving public health guidelines.

Note: A previous version of this story indicated post-secondary institutions could only be open for in-person instruction in limited circumstances. The province’s restrictions indicate this is only the case in the gray-lockdown zone.

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Shopping and retail In-person shopping can occur, but supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies and other stores primarily selling groceries must cap the number of customers to 50 per cent of the approved capacity. For all other retail and big-box stores, there is a cap of 46 per cent capacity.

Safety plans, screening information and capacity limits need to be posted in a visible location.

Fitting rooms will need to be reduced so people are not changing in adjacent stalls.

For malls with indoor food courts, there will be a cap of customers.

Music must be reduced to a normal conversation level.

Customers will need to maintain a two-meter distance and wearing face coverings in accordance with existing regulations.

For people who want to line up outside to get inside, they must wear face coverings and stay two meters apart.

Curbside pick-up and delivery will continue to be allowed.

Social gatherings, religious services, weddings, funerals Organized public events and social gatherings are capped at five people indoors and 16 people outdoors.

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For religious services, ceremonies and weddings, there will be an indoor cap of 30 per cent of the approved capacity and 66 people outdoors. Physical distancing must be adhered to.

Sports and recreation fitness Two meters of physical distance must be kept at all times. The spacing must be increased to three meters in weight training and exercise equipment areas as well as during exercise and fitness classes.

Factoring in physical distancing, there is a cap of people in indoor areas with weight and exercise equipment and during indoor classes. For outside classes, there’s a cap of 25 people. No spectators are allowed except for parents or guardians of participants under the age of 17.

Team sports, games and scrimmage are banned except for training.

All activities where people might come within two meters are banned and no contact is allowed during team or individual sports. However, there are exemptions for high-performance athletes and for parasports.

For people visiting facilities, their visits must be capped at 90 minutes and face coverings must be worn except while exercising. Music must be lowered to regular conversation levels to prevent shouting.

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Contact information must be gathered and reservations will be required. Screening of participants will need to be done and associated safety plans must be posted in a visible location.

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