Vaccination passport invalidated in Canada after protests | News

The Prime Minister of Ontario, Canada, Doug Ford, announced on Monday the invalidation of the vaccination passport on the grounds that most of the population of that province was vaccinated and that they had already exceeded the peak of cases caused by the expansion of the Omicron variant.


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“I have said from the beginning that the extraordinary measures we introduced during the pandemic would only be used as long as absolutely necessary. We can move forward and ease the restrictions,” the prime minister said.

Likewise, Ford reported that they plan to eliminate capacity limits in indoor public settings and eliminate vaccination proof requirements for all settings starting March 1.

“Beginning February 17, and based on Dr. Moore’s recommendation, Ontario will remove all capacity limits except for sporting events, concert venues and theaters, which will be capped at 50 percent. Social gathering limits will increase to 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.

The end of the sanitary measures was demanded by a protest movement that included border blockades and that has paralyzed the federal capital, Ottawa, located in Ontario, for more than two weeks.

The Freedom Convoy protests, led by Canadian truckers opposed mandatory vaccination or quarantine for cross-border drivers.

Before deciding to ease the anticovid measures, Ford had announced that the authorities would impose fines of up to 100,000 Canadian dollars (about 78,400 USD) and sentences of up to a year in prison to those who block roads or impede vehicle traffic.