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A physically distanced classroom at Kensington Community School amidst the COVID-19 pandemic on Sept. 1, 2020.

Carlos Osorio/The Canadian Press

Ontario post-secondary institutions are being asked to prepare for a fall semester with no capacity limits on in-person classes and activities.

The Ministry of Colleges and Universities is also directing schools to finalize and publicly post their back-up instruction plans in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

A memo to schools from the deputy minister said COVID-19 vaccination rates and other indicators are improving, allowing for an anticipated return normal.

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Shelley Tapp said physical distancing may not be required on campuses but masks and other relevant measures will be required for indoor settings.

She said the ministry also encourages on-campus vaccination clinics and rapid testing programs.

A new public health framework that will outline recommended safety measures and resources for the sector has been promised for early August.

Ontario is reporting 130 new cases of COVID-19 today and no new deaths.

Eighteen of the new cases are in Toronto, 17 in Peel Region, 16 in the Region of Waterloo, 14 in Hamilton and 10 each in Grey Bruce and Middlesex-London.

There were 11,567 tests completed in the previous day.

There are 151 people in intensive care in hospitals due to COVID-related critical illness and 94 patients are on ventilators.

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Health Minister Christine Elliott says 91,320 vaccine doses were administered in the previous day, for a total of more than 18.2 million.

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