The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is reporting six new cases of COVID-19 in our region today. Yesterday there were two cases, and on Wednesday there were no new cases. There have been 16,838 cases and 435 deaths related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of the new cases announced today, one is from close contact with another confirmed case, one is considered community spread, one is travel related, and three are under investigation. There are 26 active cases in the community, with 12 of those being variants of concern. There are four confirmed cases in the hospital, two in the ICU, and 16,377 cases have been listed as resolved. There have been 474,529 doses of the vaccine administered locally, with 75.1 per cent of adults over the age of 18 having received their first dose, and 55.6 or adults over 18 having received both doses. Across the province today there were 183 cases reported. Yesterday there were 210 cases, and on Wednesday there were 194 cases.
ONTARIO ENTERING STEP THREE OF REOPENING PLAN
The province will be moving into Step Three of the reopening plan on Friday July 16 at 12:01am. In Step Three, the following restrictions will be in place, and the mask mandate for the province remains in effect:
- Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions;
- Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
- Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancing;
- Indoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect;
- Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities to open subject to a maximum 50 per cent capacity of the indoor space. Capacity for indoor spectators is 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less. Capacity for outdoor spectators is 75 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 15,000 people, whichever is less;
- Indoor meeting and event spaces permitted to operate with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect and capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity or 1,000 people, (whichever is less);
- Essential and non-essential retail with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
- Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
- Museums, galleries, historic sites, aquariums, zoos, landmarks, botanical gardens, science centres, casinos/bingo halls, amusement parks, fairs and rural exhibitions, festivals, with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors;
- Concert venues, cinemas, and theatres permitted to operate at:
- up to 50 per cent capacity indoors or a maximum limit of 1,000 people for seated events (whichever is less)
- up to 75 per cent capacity outdoors or a maximum limit of 5,000 people for unseated events (whichever is less); and up to 75 per cent capacity outdoors or a maximum of 15,000 people for events with fixed seating (whichever is less).
- Real estate open houses with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres; and
- Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).
You can read the full Regulations here.
We have all worked very hard and sacrificed so much to get to this point. The Government must do everything they can to ensure that this reopening will be the last. Many businesses that have been pushed to the brink of closing still need supports, people continue to experience the effects of isolation, and our kids are still feeling the mental and social impacts after a year of school disruptions. As the Official Opposition, my caucus colleagues and I continue to advocate for solutions. We are urging the government to provide businesses with the financial supports they need to reopen safely and stay open by calling on the Government to implement a new round of small business support grants. We are calling for strategies to be put in place to get us to the finish line on vaccines, along with proper testing and tracing to protect the progress made. We are asking the Chief Medical Officer of Health to make a public recommendation for a safe schools plan before it gets too close to September, and we are calling on the Government to invest in mental and emotional health supports for students to help them get back on track.
A local doctor is offering the Moderna vaccine tonight from 5pm to 8pm at a clinic by walk-in or appointment. The vaccine clinic is at 2285 Howard Ave and is open to anyone 18 years and older looking for their first or second shot. If you would like to make an appointment, please email: [email protected]
A reminder that here will also be a Moderna pop-up vaccination clinic tomorrow from 12pm to 6pm in the parking lot at the corner of Ouellette Ave and Elliott St. The pop-up clinic is for anyone over the age of 18 looking for first or second doses. No appointments required.
Please continue to stay safe by washing your hands, wearing a mask when you’re out in public, and practice physical distancing of 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.