Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, recommends double-vaccinated Canadians stay away from elderly family members who have received their third COVID-19 booster vaccination.
Moore spoke at a COVID-19 briefing with Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford.
A reporter asked Moore, “As a twice vaccinated person who has no symptoms of COVID-19, should I feel safe or take the risk of seeing a grandparent who received three vaccinations over the holidays?”
“Personally, I would advise you to avoid social contact with older people, even if they have had two vaccinations,” replied Moore. “If you do have contact, I would do it outdoors, with a mask and a distance. I hope the Ontario weather remains reasonable to make this possible ”.
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During the press conference, the Ontario government announced a new series of strict COVID-19 measures.
New restrictions, similar to a lockdown, include limiting meeting capacity to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Restaurants, grocery stores, retailers, and grooming services are instructed to reduce their capacity to 50%.
Restaurants and bars are asked to close their doors at 11 p.m. Take-out and delivery services are excluded.
Food and drinks may no longer be offered at sporting events, cinemas, casinos, theaters and concerts. Dancing was also banned, except for professionals or employees.
The sale of alcohol will stop at 10 p.m.
Moore is known for his strict views on preventing the transmission of COVID. In October, as the children were preparing for Halloween, he advised them to wear masks outside and “not scream” while playing trick-or-treating to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“They’ll be wearing masks – it’s just about not screaming too loudly. I think the purpose of that comment was to avoid aerosolization and it is simply a risk reduction strategy, “said Dr. Moore when asked by a reporter.
“Of course you have to make yourself noticeable when you get your treat, and you have to be able to knock and ask for the treat. We only ask that you do not knock so loudly that aerosol formation can occur. There is an excess of caution. “