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Ontario eases some COVID-19 pandemic restrictions for bars, restaurants to boost economy

TORONTO – Starting Saturday, restaurants in Toronto and Peel Region can offer customers outdoor dining.

Premier Doug Ford announced Friday that the province is loosening some COVID – 19 restrictions to support economic recovery.

While Toronto and Peel will remain in the strictest “gray lockdown” category of Ontario’s color-coded pandemic framework, restaurants in the two regions are being allowed to offer services outdoors.

In addition, food and drink establishments in regions in the second-strictest “red” category can increase capacity to 34 people indoors, up from the previous limit of . And establishments in “orange” zones can now have people indoors, up from The loosening of restrictions comes with a caution from Dr. David Williams, the province’s chief medical officer of health, who notes that Ontario has entered a third wave of infections with more contagious variants spreading. He says people must remain vigilant and continue to practice protocols such as mask wearing, hand washing and physical distancing.

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Ontario reported 1, New COVID – cases on Friday and more related deaths. And more contagious variants linked to severe waves of infection around the world now make up about 40 per cent of cases in the province.

Ontario is responding by expanding its COVID – immunization campaign next week to include residents aged 34 and older.

It will also allow certain pharmacies and family doctors in select regions to give the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot to residents aged 40 and older as of Monday.

Eligible residents can contact a pharmacy directly to make an appointment. Participating pharmacies are currently located in the Toronto, Kingston and Windsor health units but Ford said the project will be expanding “across the province.”

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