Ontario is lifting capacity limits for some sites
The government said there had been a limited number of outbreaks in these settings.
“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. additional protection for Ontarians. ” Christine Elliott, deputy prime minister and health minister, said in a statement.
As of Friday, more than 81% of Ontarians aged 12 and over were fully vaccinated, according to government figures.
The new rules will benefit major concert venues like the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa, and they will arrive in time for the new seasons of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators NHL games, as well. than the Toronto Raptors of the NBA.
But they won’t help struggling music clubs like the Horseshoe, El Mocambo and The Garrison, which still demand social distancing limits and face capacity restrictions that make it difficult to profitably operate and pay artists. .
Small concert halls are limited to the number of seats they can accommodate in their spaces. The Garrison, for example, can only accommodate 110 people, or 32% of its legal capacity, Shaun Bowring, the owner of the place, tells Billboard.