Capacity limits no longer apply for some Ontario locations that require proof of vaccination.
Cinemas, theatres, concert and sports venues, and horse racing tracks are allowed to open at full capacity until Saturday.
Making the announcement late Friday, the province says it is making changes based on higher vaccination rates, stable public health indicators and vaccine certificate policy, noting that few outbreaks have occurred in selected settings.
Capacity rules are still in effect at other places that require proof of vaccination, such as gyms and restaurants, a move that Restaurants Canada calls extremely disappointing.
“It’s inconceivable that 20,000 people could cram, scream, and congregate closely without masks in an arena, while restaurants must follow strict distancing rules, which could severely limit the number of customers.” may be banned in the form of food additives,” read a statement from the foodstuff organization.
Restaurants Canada says a recent survey showed that 80 percent of restaurants lose money to afford PPE and safety protocols as well as the recent introduction of vaccine passports.
“Everything the industry has asked of us has done, and yet we are alone out there,” it says. “The restaurant is calling on the Government of Canada to immediately lift all further restrictions on the industry and provide additional support to recognize the cost of implementing the Vaccine Passport Program.”
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Files from The Canadian Press were used in this report