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Restaurants, gyms reopen in Ontario as public health measures ease

The provincial government announced the planned easing of public health restrictions well before a trucker convoy protest took over downtown Ottawa.

Ontario's restaurants, gyms and theatres will welcome patrons back for the first time in nearly a month.

The provincial government announced on January 20 that it would gradually ease public health restrictions, nearly two weeks before a trucker convoy protest took over downtown Ottawa.

Restaurant dining rooms, gyms and cinemas will reopen at 50 per cent capacity on Monday, January 31. They had been closed on January 5, due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Larger venues will also reopen with capacity limited to 50 per cent or 500 people — whichever is fewer. 

Indoor gathering limits increase from five people to 10, while the cap on outdoor gatherings being raised from 10 to 25.

The province plans to further ease COVID-19 public health measures on February 21.

- With files from The Canadian Press

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