What's that? You have no plans for the weekend? Don't worry, we won't judge you for procrastinating on your weekend itinerary. Instead, we've compiled a list of events happening this weekend (Jan 29th-31st), for you to get as much out of your time off as possible! Check it out:
1. The annual Winterlicious fix-price menu is back! Make a reservation at one of these awesome restaurants.
2. Check out the Power Plant Winter Opening Party.
3. Drink up The Winter Craft Beer Festival.
4. Try lasagna from the Toronto's newest food truck.
5. Dance on ice at DJ Skate Night.
6. Listen to live music @ The Addisons.
7. The Galleria Mall will transform into a nightclub for one night.
8. An all ages event is happening inside the Enercare Centre with performances by Armin van Buuren and other DJs at The State of Trance.
9. Taste wine or get drunk @ The Niagara Icewine Festival.
10. Have dinner at one of Toronto's restaurants with breathtaking views.
11. Spend quality time with your significant other and have some fun.
12. Toughen up and take part in the cold bike ride.
13. Go for on a retro date with your lover.
14. Broaden your tea knowledge @ The Toronto Tea Festival.
The provincial government is now asking that residents who have received doses of both an mRNA vaccine and AstraZeneca, or those who have mixed separate mRNA vaccines, will be considered "fully immunized" by other countries.
"As you consider additional measures to re-open the border in the near future, we are writing to ensure that the people of Ontario and all Canadians are well-positioned as jurisdictions around the world cautiously lift public health measures and international travel resumes," Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones wrote in their letter to Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc on Sunday, July 25.
"It is critical for the integrity and confidence in Ontario's and Canada's vaccination programs, as well as for those who have done the right thing by acting consistent with guidance, that people who have received two doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine should be treated as immunized both at home and abroad," they continued.
"As the federal government opens international travel, we believe these Ontarians should also be considered 'fully immunized' by other countries both at international borders and in their activities within those jurisdictions."
The Ontario government is asking the feds to work alongside the World Health Organization to update its guidance "to international partners that mixing vaccines should be internationally accepted as a complete vaccine regimen." Elliott and Jones also mentioned that AstraZeneca/COVIDSHIELD should be internationally recognized as a valid vaccine on "any certificate or passport."
"Notice that I said choose - this is on an honour system, and we would hope that people would understand that the well-being of our staff and clientele combined with the precarious nature of lockdowns have us wary," reads the post.
Sorrenti told Narcity that the response to the post and the new policy has been "99% positive" so far.
"I did stop comments because I think I was fairly clear in the post. You know I'm not really interested in debating efficacy or vaccines or anything like that. That's not what this is about," said Sorrenti.
The post explained that their stance was not a debate on "vaccine efficacy" but a safety measure based on honesty.
"I and all staff are vaccinated- it is about the fact that since there is no provincially mandated "passport" each business has to make up their own guidelines with regard to vaccinated vs unvaccinated diners indoors."
"I know it may adversely impact my business with some people. I can't control that. But again, I'm putting the onus on them to make the choice. You know If you want to come and dine at our restaurant were happy to have you. We're just asking that respectfully you would choose to dine outdoors if you're not vaccinated for the protection of all," said Sorrenti.
The post pleaded that readers be compassionate, highlighting that they had recently faced "a myriad of challenges including fire and floods pre pandemic," and to "please be kind when inquiring about a reservation- these policies are set by me, not the staff."
Although Sorrenti has received mostly positive feedback, negative and hateful comments have reared their heads in her comment sections.
Sorrenti says she has received an antisemitic comment on her post, along with another comparing her stance to apartheid.
She told Narcity she found the comment deeply "offensive" and "ridiculous."
"If people choose not to vaccinate basically, that's their choice. It's not the choice I would make, but what I cannot understand is people conflating me asking you to dine outdoors if you're unvaccinated with the apartheid and with the Holocaust."
"I fully expect that some people will be uncomfortable and say, 'I don't like that you're doing this,' and that's OK. They're allowed to do that. They're allowed to chose not to come," said Sorrenti, "I just ask that people be respectful and not take out any of their ire out on my staff because it's not the staff that set the policy. They just have to follow what I determined, and they don't need to be yelled at or abused in any way."
Sorrenti says she initially decided to look into enacting a policy after staff and guests began asking for direction on indoor dining and vaccination status.
"But I'm not trying to offend anyone. I'm trying to protect my staff, my business, but mostly my staff and my family."
Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on the vaccines and can answer any questions you may have. Click here for more information.