Coronavirus: What’s Happening in Canada and Around the World on Saturday
Restaurants Canada says it is “extremely disappointed” that the Ontario government has chosen to lift capacity limits in some locations, but not for the “hardest hit” restaurant industry.
As of Saturday morning, cinemas, theaters, concert and sports halls, and motor and horse racing tracks were authorized to open at full capacity.
The province says there have been few outbreaks in selected settings, and most other public health measures such as masks remain in place.
Capacity rules remain in place in other places requiring proof of vaccination, such as gyms and restaurants.
The ‘unique’ catering sector
In a statement released Friday, the national non-profit association representing the Canadian restaurant and foodservice industry says it does not understand why it continues to be “separate” from the Ontario government.
“It’s incomprehensible that 20,000 people can cram into an arena, scream and congregate tightly without a mask, while restaurants have to adhere to strict distancing rules that drastically restrict the number of customers that can be served,” Restaurants wrote. Canada.
The association says the restaurant industry was the first to shut down at the onset of COVID-19, suffered the longest shutdowns and faced the “deepest restrictions” throughout the pandemic.
He calls on the province to immediately lift all additional restrictions on the industry and provide additional support to recognize the cost of implementing the vaccine passport program.
The Ontario government says it is changing capacity limits based on high vaccination rates, stable public health indicators and the vaccine certificate policy.
Physical distancing requirements are lifted along with capacity limits, with a few exceptions such as indoor meeting and event spaces, which must always maintain two meters between people.
What’s happening across Canada
- Doctors in southern Manitoba are facing threatening and disturbing behavior as they approach mandatory vaccination deadlines.
What is happening in the world
As of Saturday, more than 237.3 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Tracker. The death toll worldwide was over 4.8 million.
In the Asia Pacific region, the airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali held a tabletop exercise on Saturday to ensure that procedures were in place to re-welcome international tourists who were mostly excluded due to the pandemic of COVID-19.
The exercise follows the government’s decision to reopen the island to international travelers, starting October 14.
In Asia, the Tokyo government said on Saturday that new daily COVID-19 infections in the Japanese capital fell to 82, the lowest since October 19 last year.
Cases have been declining since they peaked at more than 5,000 a day in August in a wave driven by the highly infectious delta variant. Last week, Tokyo and much of Japan emerged from the nearly six-month state of emergency.
In Europe, the Italian authorities authorize Monday the reopening of cinemas at full capacity. Nightclubs and dance halls will be able to open at 50% of their capacity indoors and 75% outdoors.
In Russia, health officials on Saturday reported 968 coronavirus-related deaths, its highest single-day death toll since the start of the pandemic. There have been 29,362 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, the government coronavirus task force said.
In the Americas, New York Comic Con is expected to draw around 140,000 fans this weekend at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. The convention opened Thursday and continues through Sunday.
Last year’s event took place in a virtual format due to the pandemic. This year’s participants who are 12 years of age and older should be vaccinated. People under this age must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.