Feds don’t intend to set ‘official date’ to lift all COVID-19 restrictions

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Even as Canada’s vaccination campaign finally ramps up, the federal government says it has no intention to set an “official date” for when all pandemic-related restrictions could be lifted.

“We recognize the understandable sentiment of Canadians… there is a huge desire to return to some semblance of pre-COVID normalcy, but we’ve also said from the beginning that it has to be based on public health advice,” Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc told reporters Tuesday.

Across the pond, there are signs that a return to normal life is on the horizon.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday his plan to move the country “cautiously but irreversibly” out of lockdown. The change will begin slowly, on March 8, but will loosen further every three weeks or so.

The final stage of the plan, where all restrictions are removed entirely, is pencilled in for June 21. At that point, social contact limits would be removed and businesses like nightclubs can reopen after being shuttered for more than 15 months.

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LeBlanc said federal officials “took note” of Johnson’s plan, but won’t necessarily let that influence Canada’s future decisions…

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