Middlesex-London Well being Unit points new guidelines on limits in nightclubs and gatherings

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The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) has issued two new orders aimed at doubling the capacity limits for nightclubs and social gatherings.

The announcement comes as London sees an increase in student parties, along with concerns about the spread of the Delta variant in the region.

“There is no doubt that the type of gatherings planned carries the risk of spreading COVID,” said Dr. Chris Mackie, MLHU’s health officer.

“Events like this can be very problematic, among other things, when people are embarrassed to go down and get tested, or want to try to protect a party organizer by not relating a case to their facility. They can have an undetected spread see what can be even more dangerous because then we do not carry out case control or contact management. So it is really important that when someone comes out of these events and has symptoms that they get tested. “

The class regulations under Section 22 are issued in accordance with the Provincial Health and Promotion Act and come into effect on Thursday at 12:01 p.m.

The first order reiterates the restrictions on social gatherings under the Ontario Reopening Act, which limits indoor gatherings to 25 people and outdoor gatherings to 100 people.

This applies to any organized or informal public events or social gatherings that take place either on a street or in a private apartment, including houses, apartment buildings, condominiums, and student dormitories.

The second order applies to establishments that serve food and alcohol. Visitors must wear a mask or face covering at all times except when eating or drinking in a designated area. Food and drinks may only be consumed at designated tables that are separated from each other by at least two meters or an impermeable barrier such as plexiglass.

“We have seen a significant number of large outdoor gatherings and we have also seen some significant meetings in managed facilities,” said Mackie. “We have seen some significant risks and a number of outbreaks, including outbreaks that require facilities to be closed. As always, the goal is to maintain safety as much as possible while allowing as many normal activities as possible. “

Failure to comply could result in a fine of $ 750 for individuals and up to $ 1,000 for businesses. If there is persistent evidence of recurring violations, fines can go up to $ 5,000 per day for individuals and up to $ 25,000 per day for businesses.

With the addition of local ordinances, which will go into effect Thursday, two fines can be imposed for a single event. The health department says they will step up enforcement in the coming days and weeks as well.

Further information on the orders according to Section 22 can be found on the MLHU website.