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RMA / MBBP Newsletter

End of December 2021

Valued RMA/MBBP Members

LOCKDOWN LOCKED OUT

Premier makes clear there are smarter, less damaging ways to fight Omicron

Getting a vaccination or even a booster shot, will do far more to help Ontario face down the Omicron variant than imposing a lockdown, Premier Doug Ford said last Wednesday.

Ford outlining changes to the booster program and announcing reduced capacity for pro sports and other events, made clear that he is not in favour of a lockdown.

“Let me be very, very clear. We are not going to lock down the system and try to get out of this,” Ford said.  “The best tool that we have, the very best tool, is the to get vaccinated.”

Ford’s news conference came after days of discussions and a cabinet meeting where ideas on how to slow the spread of Omicron were discussed.  While a number of  measures were discussed, including reinstating widespread capacity limits for businesses, the government chose to limit high volume events like pro sports.

As of a week ago Saturday, sports and entertainment venues, as well as meeting and event spaces with capacity of over 1000 people, will be limited to a maximum of 50%. Both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators were on the road when the announcement was made so they were not immediately affected. With the rise in confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, the NHL has paused the season until this coming Monday so the 50% capacity won’t come in effect until then and even then, there is a possibility that the pause will last even longer. In fact the Province of Quebec, mandated that the Montreal Canadians play in front of no spectators at all and that is exactly what was done last Thursday when Montreal played Philadelphia in front of no spectators at all. There were unconfirmed reports that the province of Quebec was going to mimic that of the Province of Ontario and limit to 50% capacity as well.

The Raptor’s first home game was this past Saturday. With capacity somewhere in the 19,000 range, the crowd can’t exceed 9,500 people.

In addition to sporting events and concerts, Ford also announced a 50% capacity limit on the following indoor settings in a bid to “reduce opportunities for close contact”

Restaurants and Bars

Strip Clubs

Personal care services

Physical fitness trainers

Retailers and shopping malls

Areas of facilities used for sports and fitness activities including gyms

Indoor recreational amenities

Tour and guide services

Photography studios

Marinas and boating clubs

Bars, restaurants, meeting and event spaces and strip clubs will be required to close at 11pm though take out will be allowed  to continue. Alcohol sales will be restricted after 10pm

Food and drink service will not be permitted at sporting events, concerts, gaming establishments, horse and car racing tracks and other venues.

The government also announced that the indoor social gathering limit is being reduced to 10 and the outdoor limit is being reduced to 25.

These restrictions took effect last Saturday night at the stroke of midnight (Sunday morning).

There were also plenty of questions regarding the province’s booster program and schools.

Parents have been frantic that schools may close for weeks on end after the Christmas break, a possibility underlined when several school boards sent letters encouraging students to bring home personal belongings and any materials necessary for a switch to remote learning. In fact, most universities have extended the break for two weeks thus creating their own little quarantine period for the students  who would normally returned to school the first week of January.

Ford said “ I have all the confidence in the world in Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Chief Medical Officer Kieran Moore,” when asked about schools coming back on time in January.

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Ford didn’t rule out the idea that schools could be delayed restarting in the new year, like the Universities but noted 11 million rapid tests are being sent home with students. If supply allows, plans call for rapid tests to be used when schools open.

As for boosters starting last Friday, anyone over the age of 18 can try their luck at a local pharmacy and as of this past Monday, they can book an appointment through the provincial portal. The interval between shots has also been dropped from roughly six months to just 84 days or a little less than three months

Anyone over the age who has already booked a booster can also call the province to rebook for an earlier appointment. In fact, I had my booster last Friday after booking my appointment through the Province’s booking portal.

“Nothing matters more than getting these third shots into arms. I need you to book your booster as soon as you’re able to because we know without a shadow of a doubt that these vaccines work and boosters are the best way to prevent the worst’” Ford said.

The worst would be a return to the kind of lockdown that Ford had rejected. The Ford government has been under pressure from some in the medical community to bring back a wider range of public health measures in addition to the ones listed above.

So far the Ford government has rejected those kinds of policy proposals as going further than they believe is necessary.

It’s been close to two years of dealing with this. The public is wearing thin on public health measures.

People are now facing travel restrictions just as the Christmas holidays kick off. No matter how many TV and Twitter doctors or failed columnists  turned epidemiologists call for lockdowns, Ford is right to say no.

I AGREE 100%

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Sure the Government has tried to help with their CECRA and CERB programs but like everything else in life, these programs have their flaws.

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While the league says the vaccination policy doesn’t apply to spectators, some facilities have already brought in their own spectator mandates as well as rules allowing only one spectator per family inside the arena.

Businesses and organizations all across  the province are eager to get back to normal and do whatever it takes to avoid another shut down and limit the disruptions that come with testing and isolation policies.

That said, leagues are more than just cold hearted bureaucracies churning out edicts. They’re community hubs for civil society. Should their default position be to cave to the lowest common denominator demands of the most skittish among us? Or should they be leaders in standing up for our youth and advocating for more balanced policies?

If the GTHL scrapped the vaccine rule, there might be a few busybody parents who would send indignant emails to the league, but they’d soon quit their whining and just enjoy the game.

When kids soccer leagues got underway, the written rules sent out to parents were laughably strict. They said only one family member can attend as a spectator, players should use hand sanitizer during breaks, and no high fives were allowed.

Nobody followed those rules and nobody enforced them. Families came out to cheer on their kids, who had a great season enjoying doing something the same way they did pre COVID.

Granted there’s a difference between an outdoor activity in the summer and an indoor activity in the fall and winter but let’s hope something similar happens when it comes to striking a balance with the more over the top hockey rules.

Take as an example this one, from the GTHL’s formal guidelines: Cheering or yelling by spectators is strongly discouraged.”

No cheering in hockey?

Good luck with that.

Some rules are made to be broken.

MBE is highly active in creating social awareness through social media with regards to social distancing measures and how necessary they have been in the current pandemic. Our goal is to act as a catalyst in helping the Government through tough times and enable them to bounce back from problematic scenarios. The Covid-19 crisis is still having huge repercussions on the financial sector causing catastrophic cash flows problems for most companies due to having no business activities from March 2020 to September 2021. Although various restrictions have been loosened for some businesses, it is next to impossible to get back the business they have lost as we endure our 19th month of the pandemic.

Sure the Government has tried to help with their CECRA and CERB programs but like everything else in life, these programs have their flaws.

The Health & Well-being of all our customers, clients, and stakeholders is something that MBE Inc. hopes for on a daily basis. Always take precautions and measures to keep your loved ones safe when it comes to anything regarding COVID-19.

Your Life Insurance policy with MBE is the ultimate security for you and your family. It not only provides a sense of safety but also gives you the freedom to enjoy your life without fearing the worst.

Why not take advantage of our recovery loan options as nothing is predictable in the business world these days. MBE Accounting is helping its business customers in the process of acquiring fast recovery loans. Please connect with Mr. Mahmood Naqvi: 1-866-667-1377 Ext: 205 & Mr. Kashif Jamal: 416-575-0873, Email: covid-19@rmacanada.com

MBE Insurance is offering you the best life or business insurance deals with affordable premiums. It is of the utmost importance to have the proper coverage during these unpredictable times due to the ‘COVID-19’ pandemic. To cover your business from bankruptcy or to have life insurance due to the recent pandemic, please Contact, Mr. Syed Hassan: 647-832-7265 & Mr. Kashif Jamal: 416-575-0873, Email: covid-19@rmacanada.com

Click here to view all the benefits.

Click here to become our member.

To learn more about our other memberships, Click here!