New restrictions are being put into place on Sunday in Ontario with all indoor gatherings cut down to 50% capacity, except in religious facilities.
The maximum allowable size of indoor social gatherings will be reduced from 25 people to 10.
No food or drink will be allowed at any assemblies including concerts, theatres, or sporting events.
Restaurants and bars are mandated to close by 11 p.m., with restrictions of 10 people at a table.
No consumption of alcohol in public settings after 10 p.m.
“We’ve all dug so deep, and now we have to dig a little deeper,” said Doug Ford stated as new restrictions were announced.
These restrictions are imposed as case numbers get higher each day, with 1,429 on Tuesday, 1,808 on Wednesday, 2,421 infections on Thursday. On Friday that figure hit 3,124.
Estimated daily cases could reach between 6,000 and 10,000 by the end of December.
“Omicron will not take a holiday,” said Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore.
Ewa Sudyk is a reporter for Western Standard