Omicron is still surging strong in Ontario, but there was a glimmer of hope on Thursday morning as the Ontario government announced that they would be easing restrictions.
As per Ontario government, OTT/TOR will be allowed 50 per cent capacity on Feb. 21 and full on March 14.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 20, 2022
As of February 21st, the Maple Leafs and Senators will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity, which in Scotiabank Arena is 9900 fans. Then, if cases stay down and everything stays the course, Toronto can have a full building on March 14th.
However, if cases rise during this reopening plan, the Ontario government will pause it for a few days, says Premier Doug Ford.
Premier Doug Ford says if his reopening schedule triggered an increase in cases the gov't will pause by "a few extra days"#onpoli
— Colin D'Mello CTVNews (@ColinDMello) January 20, 2022
This announcement comes just a day after the NHL released a new schedule for the Maple Leafs, which will see them have four home games in February.
In terms of the number of home games until a full reopening, Toronto has ten.
For the sake of everyone, I hope this plan stays in place. Everyone in Ontario needs a glimmer of hope right now, and this could be it. Fingers crossed.
Are you excited to return to watch live sports?