In response to recent trends that show an alarming increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, our government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is temporarily moving the province into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen with modifications that take into account the province’s successful vaccination efforts.
While the risks for severe illness are lower with Omicron than with the previous variants of concern, it is far more transmissible and hospitalizations are expected to continue to increase, placing greater pressure on our health care system.
While this was not an easy decision, these measures will help preserve hospital bed capacity and prevent our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.
Putting these targeted and time limited measures in place will give us more opportunity to continue delivering vaccines to all Ontarians and ensure everyone has maximum protection against this virus.
Children will continue to receive live virtual learning during this period, led by their teacher, with full access to school-based academic and mental health supports. We will continue to work closely with the Chief Medical Officer of Health to keep our communities safe and ensure that Ontario students get back to in-person learning as soon as possible.
As of January 2, more than 3.7 million booster doses have been administered across the province, and our government is focusing all efforts to speed up booster doses, including employer-led vaccination clinics and GO-VAXX mobile clinics.
Please follow all public measures and get vaccinated with your first, second or booster dose if you have not done so already.