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Health Unit Easing Restrictions On Restaurants, Nightclubs, Dancing

Monday October 4th, 2021, 11:19am

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit is easing some restrictions that were implemented in early September.

“At the start of September, in an effort to control rising COVID-19 cases, the WECHU under the direction of former Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Wajid Ahmed implemented a letter of instruction enhancing public health measures for special event venues, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs,” the Health Unit said in a news release. “Among other restrictions, the letter prohibited bars, restaurants, nightclubs and adult entertainment venues from operating after midnight, dancing indoors, and capped capacity at 100 for gatherings associated with weddings and funerals. Now, a month after the implementation of the health unit’s Letter of Instruction, the WECHU is announcing it will be pulling back on these restrictions.”

The decision to rescind the letter of instruction issued on September 3rd was based on a number of factors, the Health Unit says, including the introduction of the provincial proof of vaccination system according to Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Shanker Nesathurai.”

“The decision to modify public health guidance is always carefully considered relative to a number of factors,” said Dr. Nesathurai. “The number of cases is a key consideration, but the measures put in place by other levels of government, the level of protection currently provided to our community in terms of vaccine coverage, and the settings and sources of acquisition amongst our cases all have an influence on the level of risk in the community.”

The health unit has replaced the previous letter with a new one issued under Dr. Nesathurai which details local public health direction now that the previous rules have been rescinded.

“With a month of information collected following the implementation of the previous letter, we have reached a point where we can take a targeted enforcement approach with specific businesses who refuse to follow rules, while cautiously easing the restrictions on the entire sector,” said Health Unit CEO Nicole Dupuis. “By limiting access to only those that are fully vaccinated and maintaining public health measures the risk of spread of COVID-19 is significantly lower.”

The new Letter of Instruction can be found on the Health Unit’s website.

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