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Coronavirus: provinces and territories vary on lifting of health restrictions

Some regions of the country are relaxing pandemic restrictions while others are tightening them based on their perception of the COVID-19 curve flattening or peaking.

Quebec has announced that its controversial 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew will be lifted on Monday because researchers believe the latest wave of the pandemic, fueled by the highly infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19, is at its peak.

And Nunavut says the tough measures it implemented just before Christmas were so effective they lifted travel restrictions on Monday, allowing businesses to reopen and schools will resume in-person learning on January 24.

It’s a different story in New Brunswick, where new restrictions take effect today, limiting residents to a single household bubble while closing gyms, entertainment venues and restaurants inside.

In neighboring Prince Edward Island, where Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Heather Morrison says the “worst of this wave” is yet to come, current restrictions which include limits on business capacity and distance learning for students will be extended.

Across the country, the number of new COVID cases and associated hospitalizations remain at or near record levels.

Ontario recorded a jump in hospitalizations of 182 to an all-time high of 3,630 on Thursday. About 6,000 new cases have been reported in Alberta and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has announced he has tested positive for COVID-19.

The federal government also announced Thursday evening that a vaccination mandate for truckers entering Canada from the United States would begin on Saturday as scheduled, despite an earlier statement from the Canada Border Services Agency that Canadian truckers would be exempt.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 14, 2022.