Ontario to allow full capacity at sports arenas, concert venues

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The Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs will begin their season with a full venue after the province announced it will raise capacity limits for some indoor and outdoor settings.

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100 per cent capacity will be allowed at the following places till 12:01 pm on Saturday:

  • concert venues, theaters and cinemas;
  • spectator area of ​​facilities for sports and recreational fitness (will not include gym, personal training);
  • meeting and event spaces (indoor meeting and event spaces will still need to limit capacity to the 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.

Michael Frisdahl, President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), said, “We are very pleased to see this day coming, when we are able to welcome a full venue to delight the Maple Leafs and Raptors. “

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MLSE says they will begin hosting full crowds for the Maple Leafs home opener on October 13.

The health ministry said these settings also include weddings and receptions held at event venues, but does not apply to services in churches.

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Proof-of-vaccination is currently required for all indoor activities and outdoor venues in Ontario.

Dr Kieran Moore, the medical officer for health, said earlier this week that several recent outbreaks have been linked to weddings, but noted that proof of vaccination will be needed next week, which is more likely to happen at weddings and funerals at meetings and venues. Join in.

The province says that since the proof-of-vaccination requirement came into force, two key milestones are 86.8 percent of individuals over the age of 12 with at least the first dose and about 82 percent of those vaccinated with two doses. arrived together.

Capacity limits will remain in effect for all remaining sectors, including restaurants, retail stores and personal care services.

With files from the Canadian Press

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