Ontario has now entered Step 3 of the reopening plan. That means gyms, cinemas, theatres, museums and other venues can reopen for indoor service. Dining inside restaurants is also allowed and night clubs can reopen with capacity limits. Social gatherings of up to 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors are also permitted. The province has said that if vaccination rates continue at their current pace it expects most remaining restrictions will be lifted as soon as 21 days from now.
Effective 12:01 am on Friday July 16, personal care services across Ontario will no longer be subject to a 25% capacity limit. 💇🏽♂️💅🏿
Thank you to everyone for helping us get here.
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) July 14, 2021
Trudeau Not Opening The Border To Americans Until Next Month:
A week after Canada began exempting fully vaccinated Canadians from a 14-day quarantine requirement upon entry comes word that COVID-19 travel restrictions might ease at the Canada-US border next month. Prime Minister Trudeau says the government is aiming to allow fully vaccinated Americans into Canada by mid-August for non-essential travel. A readout from by the Prime Minister’s Office of his COVID-19 call with the premiers yesterday shows Trudeau also told them that if the vaccination rate remains on its current trajectory, fully vaccinated travellers from around the world could be arriving by early September. Trudeau noted Canada is leading G-20 countries in vaccination rates, with 80 per cent of eligible Canadians having received at least one dose and more than half now fully vaccinated. Pandemic restrictions at the border have been in effect since March of last year.
Ford Says No Vaccine Passports:
Premier Ford says Ontario will not be introducing any sort of domestic vaccine passport. Quebec has announced one that would determine access to certain non-essential activities. Ford says people do receive a receipt after getting immunized, but he doesn’t want to require people to present one — saying he doesn’t want a split society. The current receipts are printed on plain paper and easily manipulated, leaving the door open to fraud. Ford also says he is not in favour of mandating that health-care workers get vaccinated.
Does Canada Have Too Many COVID Vaccines?
The country’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution boss says Canada is moving to a more nuanced approach as the supply of doses verges on exceeding demand. Brigadier-General Krista Brodie says more than two-million doses are already being held back because provinces have said they can’t use them yet. More than 79 per cent of eligible Canadians over the age of 12 are now at least partly vaccinated. Provinces can draw more doses from the reserved amount when and if they need to. Canada’s vaccination rate remains among the highest in the world but is starting to slow with fewer people still looking for a first or second dose.
The Jays May Be Returning to Toronto:
Canada’s deputy chief public health officer says negotiations on the Toronto Blue Jays’ return to Canadian soil are going very well. Dr. Howard Njoo says he can’t provide a date on when an announcement would be made on the team’s application for an exemption to Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions. But he told a virtual news conference yesterday that things are trending in a very good direction. A government official familiar with the talks has told The Associated Press that the Jays won’t find out by this weekend whether they will get permission to play at Rogers Centre soon.
Cruise Ships Can Return to Canada in November:
Transport Minister Omar Alghabra has announced that the ban on international cruise ships in Canadian waters will be lifted on November 1st. Federal officials had earlier extended the cruise ship ban until the end of next February, but credit progress in battling the COVID-19 pandemic for the shorter restrictions. Alghabra says the cruise ships must follow public health requirements when they return. He says in a release that the four-billion-dollar cruise industry generates about 30,000 jobs and is an important part of thecountry’s domestic tourism sector.
Ontario says there were 10 new deaths linked to COVID-19 yesterday and 143 new cases. More than 31,000 tests were completed in the period and more than 166,000 vaccines were administered.
Ontario is reporting 143 cases of #COVID19 and over 31,300 tests completed. Locally, there are 25 new cases in the Region of Waterloo, 25 in Grey Bruce and 20 in Toronto.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) July 15, 2021
Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:
24 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed yesterday by Region of Waterloo Public Health. There were no new deaths and no new variant cases were confirmed. Active cases dropped again, by 20, to 242. There are still 25 patients in hospital.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health announced 12 new cases yesterday. Active cases are now up to 55. There are now 4 people hospitalized with COVID-19.
Everyone can receive an earlier second dose. Book the earliest date you can, as long as it has been:
➡️28 days since your first dose of Moderna or Pfizer
➡️56 days since your first dose of AstraZeneca
Move up your appointment now: https://t.co/56DbhozNvZ pic.twitter.com/jI6nTk6xtB
— Region of Waterloo Public Health (@ROWPublicHealth) July 15, 2021
Contains files from The Canadian Press