Ford expected to make an announcement about opening up restaurants this morning


Published January 20, 2022 at 4:34 am

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to make a “positive” announcement today about COVID-19 restrictions at a press conference at 11:30 a.m. today.

He told Ottawa radio station CFRA that he would have news about changing the level of restrictions this week, and a senior government source says that announcement is coming today.

It follows Health Minister Christine Elliott’s media availability yesterday when she said the province is seeing “glimmers of hope” in the fight against the Omicron variant.

She says COVID-19 cases are expected to peak this month and hospitalizations and ICU admissions will follow.

Elliott says February will continue to pose challenges, but the province is confident in its ability to care for patients in hospital and intensive care.

The province closed restaurants to in-person dining in early January at the same time that it temporarily shuttered gyms and moved schools to remote learning.

Schools reopened earlier this week.

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