Ontario government lifting capacity limits on theatres, spectator sports venues Saturday

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Cinemas, theatres, spectator sports venues and many other venues in Ontario that require proof of COVID-19 vaccination may open at full capacity this weekend.

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The government said on Friday that the decision was based on high vaccination levels, stable public health indicators and vaccine certificate requirements that took effect last month.

“Our government is carefully lifting the capacity limit in select settings where we know the evidence of vaccination requirements is providing an additional layer of protection to the people of Ontario,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a statement. Vaccinated.

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Concert venues, meeting and event spaces, commercial film and television productions with studio audiences, outdoor spaces with a capacity of less than 20,000 people, horseracing and car racing tracks are also permitted to open up to 100 percent capacity by 12:01 am. am on saturday

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The province said there had been a “limited number of outbreaks” in those settings and that other public health measures would remain in place.

Those measures include the collection of masks, screening and contract tracing information.

The province said physical distancing of two meters would not be required in places where capacity limits are being increased, with some exceptions. It said indoor meeting and event spaces still need to limit patrons to the number they can maintain physical distance.

Outdoor settings where the normal maximum capacity is 20,000 or more should ask people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

The capacity limits for all other settings will remain the same. The province said it continues to review measures that still apply to other settings that ask for proof of vaccination, such as restaurants and gyms.

Only less than 87 percent of Ontarians had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and about 82 percent had both.

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Ontario reported 573 new COVID-19 cases and 10 new deaths on Friday. There were 154 people in intensive care units due to COVID-19, of whom 15 were fully vaccinated.

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