Waterloo Region –In response to the rapidly-spreading and highly transmissible Omicron variant, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, December 19, 2021, the Ontario government is applying additional public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity and social gathering limits.

For more information on today’s announcement, visit the Province of Ontario website.

“These steps will help protect residents from the new threat that the Omicron variant poses to our community,” said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Waterloo. “We all need to work together to get through the Omicron tsunami that is coming. A combination of vaccination and reducing our contacts is essential to protect our community and our health system.”

Residents are encouraged to continue following public health measures and get vaccinated to protect themselves. Get a vaccine at www.regionofwaterloo.ca/GetAVaccine

Residents are reminded to be mindful of feelings of isolation. If you or someone you know needs help, remember that local mental health support is available.

Local, professional mental health support is available from Here 24/7 at 1-844-437-3247.