Ontario has announced that the province is increasing capacity limits for select indoor and outdoor settings where proof of vaccination is required effective September 25, 2021, at 12:01 a.m.
Announcing the increasing in capacity restrictions, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott said, “With more and more Ontarians joining millions of others in rolling up their sleeves, our government is taking a safe and cautious approach to ease capacity limits in certain settings where proof of vaccination is required.”
“With the added layer of protection offered by proof of vaccination, we are ensuring our businesses can remain safe and open as we continue to reach even more Ontarians who have yet to receive a first or second dose. ”
Starting tomorrow, capacity limits will increase to up to 50 per cent capacity or 10,000 people (whichever is less) for indoor events at:
- meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
- sporting events;
- concerts, theatres and cinemas;
- racing venues (e.g., horse racing);
- commercial and film television productions with studio audiences
The government also announced that proof of vaccination will now be required in outdoor settings where the normal maximum capacity is 20,000 people or more to help keep these venues safe for patrons.
As a result, capacity limits at outdoor venues where patrons stand will increase to up to 75 per cent capacity or 15,000 people (whichever is less) while limits at outdoor venues where patrons are seated will be increased to up to 75 per cent capacity or 30,000 people (whichever is less).
Currently, 85.59% of eligible population on the province is vaccinated with at least 1 dose and 79.82% is fully vaccinated.