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Toronto’s Mirvish Productions will drop mask mandates at its live theatres on Canada Day

Mirvish Productions is lifting mask mandates at its venues starting on Canada Day.The Toronto live theatre company says ticket holders will no longer be required to wear face coverings at its shows, however, it still recommends they do.The protocols are in step with the Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival, which no longer require masks.Mirvish operates four theatres in downtown Toronto, including the Princess of Wales Theatre, the Royal Alexandra Theatre and the Ed Mirvish Theatre.

Canada’s COVID-19 travel rules: What’s changing this summer? The decision, announced on Thursday, comes two days after Broadway theatres also pegged July 1 as the date they would drop their mask mandates.Canada’s live theatre industry has been one of the slowest corners of in-person entertainment to lift mask mandates, with movie theatres, sports arenas and many concert venues removing the requirement months ago in step with local health guidelines.Mirvish is still ramping up after Ontario pandemic closures that shuttered its theatres for two years and led its marquee show “Come From Away”’ to close after a turbulent return from a 21-month hiatus.In recent weeks, Mirvish opened Tony Award-winning play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” and kicked off a pre-Broadway run for “& Juliet,” a musical that features the songs of Swedish pop hitmaker Max Martin.

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Toronto is making some changes to its COVID-19 masking requirements after the provincial government announced it would be lifting most remaining mask mandates on Saturday.The province’s chief medical officer of health issued a statement Wednesday saying most of Ontario’s existing masking mandates will be lifted, but masks will still be required in long-term care and retirement homes. Most remaining Ontario COVID mask mandates lifting on Saturday In a press release, the City of Toronto said, based on public health advice, masks will “continued to be required in some City of Toronto congregate settings to protect the health and safety of residents and staff.”According to the city, masks will continue to be required in long-term care homes and retirement homes, and will be recommended in congregate living settings like shelters or group homes.The city said on June 11, the provincial government will issue guidance on when masks should be worn in hospitals and other care settings.Here’s a closer look at some other changes in the city:According to the release, masking, screening and testing requirements will continue in “all city directly-operated long-term care homes at this time.”The city said the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is “strongly recommending” customers continue to wear masks on its vehicles and in stations.What’s more, the city said masks will remain mandatory for both employees and customers using TTC’s Wheel-Trans service.The city said once the mask mandate expires later this week, masks will be “optional” on Go Transit and UP Express.
Bastian Mw Shooting: CCD takes over Inquiry - - Sri Lanka
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COLOMBO (News 1st); Investigations into the shooting at Bastian Mawatha in Pettah on Monday (30) afternoon have been handed over to the Colombo Crimes Division.Sri Lanka Police said that statements have been recorded from three people regarding the incident.One person was killed and another was injured in a shooting near the Private Bus Terminal at Bastian Mawatha, Colombo.Police investigations revealed that the man who was gunned down at Bastian Mawatha, Colombo on Monday (30) morning had attended a court hearing at the Hultsdorf Court with three others before he was targeted by two masked gunmen.Police Spokesperson & Attorney-at-Law SSP Nihal Thalduwa speaking to News 1st following the hearing, the four men had exited the court and one of them had left in a motorcycle.“Thereafter, the three other men had proceeded on foot to the Bastian Mawatha Private Bus Terminal to catch a bus to their respective destinations,” said the Police Spokesperson.It was at this time that two masked men in a motorcycle had reached them and opened fire at them with a T-56 Assault Rifle, said the SSP, adding that 10 bullets were fired at the three men.One of the men died and another was injured in the daylight shooting.Police Spokesperson & Attorney-at-Law SSP Nihal Thalduwa speaking to News 1st said the deceased was a 30-year-old from Mahailuppallama and the injured man was a 30-year-old from Galle.“Another person from Guruthalawa was with the victim and the injured man.