TORONTO — Ontario will lift capacity restrictions this weekend for some large venues—including those used for concerts, sports and movies.

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government announced in a news release Issued Friday afternoon, it said the capacity restriction would be lifted from midnight on Saturday.

The following places will be allowed to be kept at full capacity:

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    Concert venues, theaters and cinemas

  • Spectator area of ​​facilities for sports and recreational fitness (will not include gym, personal training)

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    Meeting and event space (indoor meeting and event space will still need to limit capacity to a number that can maintain physical distance)

  • horse racing tracks, car racing tracks, and other similar places; And

  • Professional film and television production with studio audiences.

Proof of vaccination is required in places where 100 per cent capacity is permitted.

Other public health measures, such as masking and physical distancing, will remain in place.

The government says the decision was made because of the “limited number of outbreaks in these settings”.

“In addition, proof of vaccination will continue to be required in outdoor settings where the usual maximum capacity is 20,000 people or more to help keep these places safe for patrons,” the province said in its release.

Capacity restrictions are in place for all other businesses, including restaurants.

Previously, indoor venues such as banquet halls, movie theatres, sports venues and film productions with studio audiences were limited to 50 per cent capacity or 10,000 people, whichever is less.

For outdoor spaces there were patron stands, the capacity limit being 75 percent, or 15,000 people. This was increased to 75 percent, or 30,000 people, for outdoor events where patrons are seated.

“As we continue to see more Ontarians roll up their sleeves with more than 22 million doses, our government is carefully lifting capacity limits in select settings where we know that evidence of vaccination requirements can protect Ontarians.” are providing an additional layer,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a statement.

“The fight against COVID-19 is not over and we should all be vigilant while continuing to follow the public health measures we know and keep us safe, and receive our first or second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. If you haven’t already done so.”

Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment said in a statement that they are “very pleased” with the decision to allow full capacity at sports venues.

“Throughout the process of reopening our venues to fans, which has involved working closely with the province for several months, health and safety has been our shared top priority and we are very pleased to see this day as we The Maple Leafs and Raptors are able to welcome a full-fledged venue,” MLSE President and CEO Michael Frisdahl said in a statement.

MLSE confirmed that they will hold their first full-capacity game on October 14 at the Maple Leafs’ home opener.

The province also announced on Friday that it would require proof of vaccination or medical exemption to attend a social ceremony involving a wedding or funeral service until October 13.

A negative COVID-19 test will no longer be allowed as a replacement.