Well sports fans and concerts goers are now jumping for joy. The government of Ontario has now lifted capacity restrictions for large venues. With the NHL, NBA, CFL, & OHL under way this is huge news for the sporting world. The OHL 17 Ontario-based facilities will be welcoming 100 percent capacity for fully vaccinated crowds only beginning Saturday, October 9.
Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment released a statement earlier today regarding this announcement, welcoming back 100 percent capacity to fully vaccinated crowds to all Argos, Leafs, Raptors, Toronto FC and Toronto Marlies games. All other sports teams will be able to go full throttle with fans just like Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment.
The following venues will be allowed to be at full capacity:
- Concert venues, theatres and cinemas
- Spectator areas of facilities for sports and recreational fitness (will not include gyms, personal training)
- Meeting and event spaces (indoor meeting and event spaces will still need to limit capacity & maintain physical distancing)
- Horse Racing tracks, car racing tracks, and other similar venues
- Commercial film and television productions with studio audiences.
Proof of vaccination is required at the venues where 100 percent capacity is allowed. Other public health measures, such as masking and physical distancing, will still remain in place.
The government feels this is the right decision to be made at this time because there is a “limited number of outbreaks in these settings.”
“In addition, proof of vaccination will continue to be required in outdoor settings where the normal maximum capacity is 20,000 people or more to help keep these venues safe for patrons,” the province explained in their release.
Capacity restrictions will stay in place for all other businesses, including restaurants and gyms for the time being.
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