Ontario announced the changes late Friday afternoon. It affects certain interior spaces where proof of vaccination is required, as well as certain exterior spaces with a capacity of less than 20,000 people.
As of Saturday, October 9, the capacity limits are lifted for:
- Concert halls, theaters and cinemas
- Spectator areas with sports and recreational fitness facilities. Capacity limits remain in place for gyms and personal training.
- Meeting and event spaces, although spaces will still need to limit capacity to allow people to maintain physical distance
- Horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar sites
- Commercial film and television productions with studio audiences
For these spaces, the requirement that people must be physically at least two meters apart from each other is also removed, with a few exceptions. Other public health measures such as face coverings, screening and contact tracing information remain in effect.
Capacity limits for other spaces affected by the vaccination passport system requiring people to be fully vaccinated to enter are still in effect. A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving their second dose of the vaccine.
Proof of vaccination is also always required for outdoor environments where the normal maximum capacity is greater than 20,000 people.
“As we continue to see more Ontarians rolling up their sleeves with over 22 million doses administered, our government is cautiously lifting capacity limits in some settings where we know proof of vaccination requirements provide a layer. extra protection for Ontarians, ”said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, in a statement.
The province reports that 86.8% of people 12 and older have at least one dose of the vaccine and 81.9% have two doses.