Ontario increasing capacity limits for certain indoor and outdoor settings

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Published September 24, 2021 at 3:06 pm

The Province has announced it’s easing restrictions for certain settings, indoor and outdoor, where proof of vaccination is required.

Due to the relatively stable condition of Ontario’s health care system, under the direction of Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Province is increasing capacity limits for certain indoor and outdoor settings.

As of 12:01 a.m. on September 25, capacity limits for indoor events and settings, including meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference and convention centres; sporting events; concerts, theatres, and cinemas; racing venues, such as horse racing; and commercial and film television productions with studio audiences; will be increased to up to 50 per cent capacity or 10,000 people, whichever is less.

Capacity limits for outdoor events where patrons stand will be increased to 75 per cent or 15,000 people, whichever is less, while capacity limits for events where patrons are seated will be increased to 75 per cent or 30,000 people, whichever is less.

“Thanks to the tremendous efforts of Ontarians adhering to public health measures and going out to get vaccinated, some of our key public health and health care indicators are currently stable,” Moore said in a news release.

“Work remains, however, and we must all remain vigilant and continue following the measures and advice in place, and continue to work to vaccinate as many Ontarians as possible to achieve the highest immunization rates we can, and to increase our level of community immunity and protect those who cannot receive the vaccine.”

The news comes as the Toronto Blue Jays prepare for their final homestand of the season, as well as a potential playoff appearance, which could be at the Rogers Centre, depending on how they finish the season.

Prior to the announcement, the Blue Jays had requested the Province ease restrictions for capacity limits in order to allow more fans to attend home games.

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