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Ontario advances next stage of reopening to February 17

The Ontario government is easing public health measures sooner, with the next phase of measures being eased on February 17, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. Measures that will be changed at that time include, but are not limited to:

  • Increasing social gathering limits to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
  • Increasing organized public event limits to 50 people indoors, with no limit outdoors
  • Removing capacity limits in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including but not limited to:
    • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities
    • Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms
    • Cinemas
    • Meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres
    • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
    • Indoor areas of settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements.
  • Allowing 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity at sports arenas
  • Allowing 50 percent of the usual seating capacity for concert venues and theatres
  • Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25 per cent in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including nightclubs, restaurants where there is dancing, as well as bathhouses and sex clubs
  • Increasing capacity limits for indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites, or ceremonies to the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance. Capacity limits are removed if the location opts-in to use proof of vaccination or if the service, rite, or ceremony is occurring outdoors.

Capacity limits in other indoor public settings, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, retail and shopping malls, will be maintained at, or increased to, the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance.

On March 1st, the government will lift the requirement to verify vaccine status, although businesses and other settings may choose to continue to require proof-of-vaccination, as well as all capacity limits. Mask mandates will remain in effect.

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Vaccination clinic locations and times for February 14-20

Walk-ins and appointments are available for Niagara Region Public Health vaccination clinics taking place across Niagara. Eligible residents can walk-in, or book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination either online through the provincial portal at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine or by calling the provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900.

Clinic hours vary by location – please visit the Region’s clinic schedule webpage for full details.

  • Feb. 14-20 – Niagara Falls, Canada One Outlet Mall (beside Urban Kids)
  • Feb. 14 – Wainfleet Firefighter’s Community Hall
  • Feb. 15-17 – St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre
  • Feb. 18 – Port Colborne Visitors Information Centre
  • Feb. 19 – Smithville Public School
  • Feb. 20 – Fort Erie, Our Lady of Victory Catholic Elementary School

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Best regards,

Alexis Higginbotham
Executive Director
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Welland, ON
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