Ontario announces the end of the health passport as of March 1 as protests continue

MADRID, Feb. 14 (Royals Blue) –

The Government of the Canadian province of Ontario announced this Monday the end of the health passport as of March 1, as part of the reopening plan due to the improvement in the figures related to the pandemic and amid strong protests from the recent weeks, which have threatened to paralyze the country’s economy and forced them to declare a state of emergency on Friday.

However, the Government of Ontario has left in the hands of companies the possibility of continuing to require the passport of both their employees and their clients if they consider it so, while, on the other hand, the mandatory use of the mask will remain in force. for the moment.

“Like all of you, I have waited a long time for this news, but never doubt that the steps we took together, as difficult as they may have been, were absolutely necessary and saved tens of thousands of lives,” said the Premier of Ontario. , Doug Ford, reports the Canadian network CBC.

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As part of the de-escalation plan, this Thursday the capacity limits for private meetings and public events will also be relaxed, as well as for hospitality venues, entertainment venues, such as cinemas and theaters and other spaces such as gyms, a reopening that was planned in a first moment for the 21st of this month.

Ford has argued the advancement of the deadlines due to the improvement in the figures related to the coronavirus pandemic, reflected in the fall in hospital admissions, for which he has also ruled out the need to receive a booster dose of the vaccine as a condition to be able to make use of public transport services.

“I think we are going in the right direction, and I am sure that if we continue down this path, there will be no reason for it,” said Ford, who on the other hand has denied that the plans announced this Monday are related to what the protests that have been taking place in cities like Ottawa or Windsor.

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This announcement, he stressed, has come “despite” these protests and has promised that Ontario will move forward and that “this chaos will not be tolerated.” Last Friday Ford decreed a state of emergency in the province due to the blockades imposed by the truck sector in protest at the measures applied to contain the advance of the coronavirus, including the health passport.

According to the latest figures provided this Sunday by the Ontario Health services, there are still 1,540 people admitted due to the coronavirus, of which 402 are in intensive care units. At the moment, 84.9 percent of the province has the complete vaccination schedule.

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