Health restrictions to begin to ease on Monday

Journal Staff

Public health restrictions will begin to “cautiously and gradually” ease on Jan. 31, the Ontario government says.

The changes include increasing social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, and increasing indoor public setting capacity limits to 50% at restaurants and bars, retailers and malls, gyms, movie theatres, meeting and event spaces, museums, galleries, casinos, bingo halls and religious ceremonies.

Spectators at sporting events, concert venues and theatres are capped at 50%, or 500 people, whichever is less.

The City of Sarnia said its arenas will re-open with capacity restraints beginning Jan 31, and the Strangway Centre will resumed its postponed programs on Feb. 7.

Enhanced proof of vaccination is required.

The province says its gradual lifting of public health measures will continue on Feb. 21 and March 14 if health conditions permit.