Ontario has reached a milestone in the fight against COVID-19. Health Minister Christine Elliott says more than 80 per cent of Ontarians over the age of 12 have now received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Loosened capacity limits have now taken effect at certain venues where proof of vaccination is required, including arenas, stadiums, concert halls and theatres.
Over 80% of Ontarians 12+ have received two doses of the #COVID19 vaccine! Together we can #StopTheSpread of COVID-19.
If you are fully vaccinated, download your vaccination receipt at https://t.co/uzIBw2TQX7.
If you need your shot, book now: https://t.co/0UFOCkfUKs pic.twitter.com/PSSwVMnaYu
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) September 25, 2021
New Capacity Limits:
Capacity limits are being increased in some Ontario sports and event venues requiring proof of vaccination, just in time to give the Toronto Blue Jays a home-field boost as they seek a playoff berth. The province has announced capacity limits at outdoor seated events will be increased to up to 75 per cent or 30,000. That includes the Rogers Centre, where the Jays open a key series against the New York Yankees tomorrow night. Indoor cinemas, concert venues, sporting events, banquet halls, convention centres, racing venues, and film studios will have capacity limits of up to 50 per cent or 10,000 people, whichever is less. Doctor Kieran Moore, chief medical officer of health, says the change is due to key public health measures stabilizing in recent days.
With #PublicHealth & #HealthCare indicators stable and proof of vaccination now in effect, Ontario is cautiously easing capacity limits for select indoor settings where proof of vaccination is required and certain outdoor settings starting September 25. https://t.co/ut22hkP59l pic.twitter.com/BtsO8cbSs7
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) September 24, 2021
Alberta Rejects Another Hard Lockdown:
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is rejecting calls for a pandemic hard lockdown. Appearing on a Sunday radio program, Kenney said a lockdown would make no sense for the 80 per cent of the population that is vaccinated. His comments came as the province’s former top doctor called for immediate fire break closures and restrictions to deal with surging cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. Dr. James Talbot and critical care specialist Dr. Noel Gibney have signed an open letter to the province’s new health minister, Jason Copping, calling for action to prevent more disease, deaths, and suffering.
Charges Laid at COVID Protest:
A man and a woman have been charged with assault in relation to an anti-vaccine protest at a downtown Toronto mall. Police say the pair were arrested Saturday after a clash between protestors and security staff at the Eaton Centre. A 29-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman each face one count of assault. Videos circulating on social media show police and security guards trying to block protesters from entering the mall without masks, in violation of public health measures. Police say a mall security guard was assaulted during the altercation.
One man and one woman arrested in connection with anti-vaccination protest at Eaton Centre, Michael Leaf, 29 Vanessa Carvalho, 23 https://t.co/RmU3BWQA9w
— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) September 26, 2021
Studying Attitudes Toward The Unvaccinated:
A Montreal-based think-tank has survey results indicating tensions are rising across Canada between people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who are not. The Association of Canadian Studies says the Leger polling company surveyed more than 1,500 people online earlier this month and found more than three out of four respondents held negative views towards unvaccinated people, considering them irresponsible and selfish. He says there is tension playing out among family members, friends, and co-workers on the issue and it’s creating friction.
Unrest in Norway:
Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s unexpected announcement of an end to all COVID-19 restrictions in Norway led to mass brawls after streets, bars, restaurants and nightclubs were filled with people celebrating. The announcement took many Norwegians by surprise and led to chaotic scenes in Oslo and other cities. Norwegian media reported police received an alert about a man carrying a machete on a bus in Oslo and people fainting while waiting to get into pubs in Trondheim.
There were 653 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Ontario yesterday, as well as six more virus related deaths. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 499 of the latest infections are in people not fully vaccinated or whose immunization status is unknown. The Ministry of Health says 198 people are hospitalized with the virus, including 177 in intensive care and 127 on a ventilator. However, Elliot notes that not all hospitals report their numbers on weekends.
In Ontario, 21,651,850 vaccine doses have been administered. 85.8% of Ontarians 12+ have one dose and 80.2% have two doses.
198 people are hospitalized with #COVID19, and 177 people are in ICU due to COVID-19. Please note that not all hospitals report on weekends.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) September 26, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
Waterloo Region Public Health confirmed 27 new cases yesterday but no new deaths. Active cases are down to 167 with 8 people hospitalized.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health doesn’t report weekend numbers. As of Friday there were 147 active cases and 6 people hospitalized.
📣@CityKitchener: A mobile vaccination bus is heading your way on Sunday, September 26!
📍@KitchLibrary Central Library
(in the public parking lot off Ahrens St. E.)
📍Sunrise Shopping Centre
(1400 Ottawa St. S.)
— Region of Waterloo Public Health (@ROWPublicHealth) September 24, 2021
Contains files from The Canadian Press
Photo Credit: Government of Ontario