Sources report Ontario restaurants will return to 50 per cent capacity for indoor dining Jan. 31

Restrictions were put in place Jan. 5

Premier Doug Ford has been teasing a good news story the pasts few days and according to sources who spoke to CityNews, he’ll share that on Thursday, announcing restaurants in Ontario will reopen to in-person dining at 50 per cent capacity on Jan. 31.

Ford told Ottawa radio station CFRA this week that he would have a “positive” announcement in the coming days “about going back to other levels of restrictions.”

Earlier today, Ford hinted that an update was forthcoming on potentially loosening COVID-19 restrictions currently in place in Ontario.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Health Minister Christine Elliot said there would be more clarity this week regarding Ontario’s re-opening plan.

Since Jan. 5, restaurants have been not been able to offer in-person dining, gyms and movie theatres have been closed, and retail has been cut back to 50 per cent capacity.

The measures were imposed in the wake of surging COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations because of the Omicron variant.

The restrictions were put in place until at least Jan. 26.