No singing or dancing in Ontario bars and restaurants as province reopens

'Evidence indicates singing may involve a greater risk than normal speech'

Like the plot from a medical disaster film/Footloose spin-off, there will be no singing or dancing in Ontario bars, restaurants, or places of worship as the province reopens.

Stage 2 of Ontario’s economic recovery plan from the COVID-19 pandemic includes details that recommend that both singing and dancing are banned in the expanded outdoor space and seating areas in restaurants and bars.

“It’s gross to think about, but every time we talk, we’re spitting into the world around us,” said Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease physician and scientist with the Toronto General Hospital.

“And if we’re singing, shouting or breathing heavily, we’re likely expelling more saliva and nasal secretions … and if someone’s infected, then those secretions will shed more virus.”

A ban on singing in public spaces will extend to places of worship, as well.

“Evidence indicates singing may involve a greater risk than normal speech, especially singing loudly,” Ministry of Health spokeswoman Hayley Chazan said.