Can we start seeing weddings with buffets as early as fall in Mississauga and Brampton?

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Weddings, buffets and social gatherings could be back on the table as early as this fall if all methods used to fight COVID-19 come together, says Peel Region’s top doctor.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lawrence Loh believes our lives could see a return to normalcy in the months ahead if not early next year if people get the vaccine, continue to social distance, and, generally, behave themselves.

During an interview session with insauga.com today, Dr. Loh said he doubts there will be a specific day when it can be said, “this is the day that the pandemic ended,” he believes a gradual exit away from the virus is what will happen.

I am an optimist,” he said. “Hopefully by the fall we will see something, but everyone needs to do their part. If you want a buffet wedding by 2022, if you want to get to a life more ordinary in the fall, all of us have to step up by keeping each other safe, limiting contact now as we try to control the third wave, and making sure we get vaccinated. That’s our way forward.”

Dr. Loh stressed the importance of vaccination and as the percentage of the population that receives both doses increases, restrictions will slowly be loosened.

Then the last things that will go will be distancing, masking and capacity limits that will be with us until we really get things under control,” he said. “Then it remains to be seen. If COVID-19 becomes something where hospitalization and deaths can be prevented and it comes to the point where people are just getting the sniffles and cold-like symptoms, then we will be at the point where there will be a difference in the way we treat the disease versus what we have right now.”

Dr. Loh added that how the situation develops in the next few weeks will determine how restrictions will be treated during the summer months.

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