Ontario set to lift all COVID-19 restrictions by the end of March, including mask mandates

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Premier Doug Ford is making the announcement today on the province's plan to ease and eventually lift public health restrictions.

He says Ontario is in a position to gradually lift all restrictions over the coming months thanks to the province's cautious and careful approach to re-opening.

The seven-day average of daily COVID-19 cases is stable, as are the rates of hospitalization and ICU admissions, and nearly 88 per cent of eligible Ontarians have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

The easing of restrictions will start Monday, with capacity limits lifted in restaurants, bars, gyms, casinos and indoor meeting and event spaces.

The government says proof-of-vaccination requirements will also start to be lifted early next year - as long as trends don't become concerning - starting with restaurants, bars, gyms and casinos in January.

To see the government's long-term plan click here.