The group also pointed out that the Delta variant has already caused multiple outbreaks in Canada, including at Foothills Medical Center in Calgary, as well as highs of cases in Peel region, Ontario, and Manitoba.
“Under these circumstances, reopening too early will waste much of the hard work we have put in to stop the spread and cause a fourth wave,” the letter said. “If we make the last effort, the current sinking wave could be the last.”
In Thursday’s letter to premiers, Zero Covid Canada also recommended that provinces maintain face covering and social distancing, and only reinstate capacity limits indoors when 70% of residents have received. two doses of vaccine.
The group also called on provinces to prioritize second doses of the vaccine to essential workers and people living in areas with high infection rates, ensure the supply of N95 masks and protect children by closing schools. .
The group presents itself as a gathering of researchers, doctors, engineers, activists, lawyers, educators and “concerned citizens”.
Ontario said Thursday it is speeding up second doses for people in hot spots affected by the Delta variant. As of Monday, residents of seven designated areas who received their first dose by May 9 can now make an earlier appointment for a second injection.
Also on Thursday, Manitoba released its plan to reopen, which will ease public health restrictions as more people get vaccinated.
“The more of us who are vaccinated, the sooner we can regain our freedoms and enjoy what we have lost over the past year and a half,” said Premier Brian Pallister.