Here are the new public health measures that will take effect Wednesday in Ontario

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Ontario will restore restrictions this week to limit the spread of the Omicron variant. Here’s a look at the latest public health measures, which began on Wednesday and are expected to remain in place until at least January 26.

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Shoppers line up at stores at Toronto’s Eaton Mall on Friday, December 31, 2021. Under the new restrictions that take effect Wednesday, January 5, 2022, retail places, including malls, are allowed to remain open at 50 percent capacity but Food courts should be closed. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Ontario will restore restrictions this week to limit the spread of the Omicron variant. Here’s a look at the latest public health measures, which began on Wednesday and are expected to remain in place until at least January 26.

Gatherings and services

  • Social gathering is limited to five people indoors and 10 people outdoors.
  • Organized public events will be limited to five people inside.
  • Weddings, funerals, religious services, rituals and ceremonies will be limited to 50 percent of room capacity, while outdoor services are limited to the number of people who can maintain a distance of two metres.
  • Indoor meeting and event spaces must be closed with some exceptions, but outdoor spaces can be opened with restrictions.

Schools and childcare

  • All publicly and privately funded schools will transition to distance learning from Wednesday until at least January 17.
  • Free child care will be provided to school-aged children for health care and other qualified frontline workers when a mile is away.
  • School buildings can be opened for emergency child care, education for students with special educational needs who cannot be accommodated remotely, and staff who cannot provide quality education from home.

Hospitals

  • Hospitals should stop all non-emergency and non-urgent surgeries and procedures in order to maintain critical care and human resource capacity.

Restaurants, bars and clubs

  • Restaurants, bars, and other food and beverage establishments must close their indoor dining rooms.
  • Takeout, drive-through, delivery and outdoor dining can continue with restrictions.
  • Sales of alcoholic beverages after 10 p.m., as well as alcohol consumption in businesses or venues after 11 p.m., will be restricted, with waivers for delivery, takeout, grocery/grocery stores and other liquor stores.

libraries

  • Public libraries can open up to 50 percent capacity.

Sports and Entertainment

  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities including gyms must be closed, except for athletes training for the Olympics, Paralympics and select professional and elite amateur sports federations.
  • Outdoor facilities are allowed to operate with restrictions and with spectator occupancy restricted to 50 percent.

Retail and other internal companies

  • Retail places, including malls, are allowed to remain open at 50 percent of capacity.
  • Food courts in malls should be closed.
  • Physical distancing will be required in queues in malls and loitering will not be permitted.
  • Personal care services can remain 50 percent open, with other restrictions.
  • Saunas, steam rooms and oxygen bars should be closed.
  • All employers must allow employees to work remotely unless their job requires them to be on site.

Theaters, entertainment venues and other attractions

  • Indoor concert venues, theaters, cinemas, and rehearsals will be closed.
  • Recorded shows will be allowed with restrictions.
  • Museums, galleries, zoos, science centers, landmarks, historical sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions, amusement parks, water parks, tour services and galleries, fairs, country fairs and festivals must be closed, but outdoor establishments can open with restrictions.
  • Indoor horse racing tracks, motor racing tracks and other similar places must be closed. Outdoor facilities are allowed to open with restrictions and with a limited occupancy of 50 percent spectators.
  • Boat tours are allowed with a maximum capacity of 50 percent.

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