Major Toronto sports and entertainment venues review mask protocols

With masks no longer mandatory at most indoor venues in Ontario since March 21, operators of major sports and entertainment venues are now reviewing COVID-19 protocols and preparing to welcome thousands of fans and visitors. guests without masks.

Cineplex says it’s pleased to see restrictions continue to ease in Ontario.

“(We) are currently reviewing what the announcement means for moviegoers across the province. The health and safety of our employees and guests remains our top priority and, as always, we will continue to follow the guidelines established by all levels of government,” said Samantha Shecter, corporate communications manager.

Despite the Ontario government’s announcement, individual venue operators can still choose to require staff and guests to wear masks.

The National Ballet of Canada says it will require all guests to wear masks and provide proof of vaccinations until the end of its winter season at the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts.

“We want to err on the side of caution, keep the public safe and keep the artists safe,” said executive director Barry Hughson.

Hughson adds that during spring break they will review whether the masks will still be needed for the summer season starting in June.

“Once we get into April, we will continue to monitor health trends and reassess.”

For some smaller venues, like Lee’s Palace and the Horseshoe Tavern, no longer requiring masks isn’t as simple as it sounds.

“Most of the offers we placed for our groups are made months in advance – when we had mask mandates plus COVID-19 screening,” said general manager Bruce Bennett, who adds that his groups traveling from the United States seem to be more concerned.

Instead, Bennett says, they will consult the tapes and determine if masks will be needed on a case-by-case basis in the immediate future.

“If the group feels more comfortable having it in place, we’ll enforce it. If they don’t want it, we’ll work with it,” Bennett said.

Bennett adds that he hopes the masks will no longer be needed for performances in the spring.

Spokespersons for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors told CTV News Toronto they would take “appropriate time to review and review this information.”

The Toronto Blue Jays have not indicated whether the mask mandate will be lifted for the home opener, which is still on hold due to the ongoing lockdown.

The Royal Ontario Museum and Mirvish Productions said they are currently reviewing the new guidelines.

Comments are closed.