Coronavirus: Ont., Que. easing restrictions on reopening schools in the Maritimes

Canada’s most populous provinces are easing some COVID-19 restrictions today as students return to class in two Maritime provinces.

Ontario and Quebec have reported a decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations in recent days and Monday marks the start of the phased reopening of both provinces after surging cases of the Omicron variant prompted stricter rules last month. last.

In Ontario, the number of people allowed to attend social gatherings has increased to 10 indoors and 25 outdoors until another increase scheduled for February 21.

Restaurants and bars can reopen indoor dining at half capacity, and many other businesses, such as gyms and cinemas, can also reopen to vaccinated customers.

Indoor dining has also resumed in Quebec, with some limits, while the second phase of that province’s reopening plan scheduled for February 7 is expected to allow places of worship, entertainment and sports to reopen with capacity restrictions. .

On the East Coast, schools were set to reopen to in-person learning in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island on Monday, with additional safety measures in place.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on January 31, 2022.

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