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Ontario Government Removes 1000 Person Capacity Restriction on Indoor Gatherings
On September 25, 2021 the Chief Medical Officer of Ontario removed restrictions on indoor gatherings, and increased capacity limits previously set at 1000 people. Public health indicators have stabilized, resulting in moving to the next stage of re-opening for indoor gatherings! 

This is positive news for the consumer show sector and the Toronto Boat Show.  

Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres; sporting events; concerts, theatres and cinemas; racing venues; and commercial and film television productions with studio audiences will be increased up to 50% of capacity or 10,000 people at a time in the building for indoor events (whichever is less).

This week we received confirmation that the expanded capacity numbers are for attendees. Exhibitors, show and venue staff are above the 50% capacity count.

New Update at 5pm today (Friday, October 8)

Just announced by the Province of Ontario, 5 minutes before sending the newsletter:
 
Ontario Lifting Capacity Limits in Select Settings – Convention Centres & Shows Included

With public health and health care indicators remaining stable or improving, the government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is cautiously lifting capacity limits in select indoor and outdoor settings where proof of vaccination is required. This gradual and incremental approach will continue to help protect people and ensure the province continues to cautiously lift public health measures safely.

Effective Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., capacity limits will be lifted to allow 100% capacity in the following settings:

  • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas;
  • Spectator areas of facilities for sports and recreational fitness (would not include gyms, personal training);
  • Meeting and event spaces (indoor meeting and event spaces will still need to limit capacity to the number that can maintain physical distancing);
  • Horseracing tracks, car racing tracks, and other similar venues; and
  • Commercial film and television productions with studio audiences.

We are waiting for the details of the expanded capacity allowances from Exhibition Place and will continue to update you through the newsletter as information regarding guidelines are developed in conjunction with public health and the venue. 
Continuing to Move Forward with Planning and
Floorplan Layout
Thank you to all exhibitors that have provided feedback on their participation plans for the 2022 Show.  Our team has been focused on having personal conversations with you and answering questions to help with your planning. We are close to completing this process! 

We genuinely appreciate your patience and understanding as we balance personal contact with a high number of exhibitors, talking with you about your needs while receiving feedback, and wanting to be as accurate as possible with updates. 

With the recent increase in capacity allowances, work is beginning on floorplan layouts as guidelines are provided for, aisle sizes, distancing between spaces, and other protocols for exhibitors and attendees.

If we haven't received your renewal application yet or you would like to confirm your square footage needs please contact us ASAP. We would like to ensure you are included in the initial floorplan development.

The Health & Safety of everyone will continue to be our priority. Thank you for understanding the process we are working through to ensure we balance safety with your needs to work the show and have a positive experience. We will have more information for you as soon as possible.
Vaccine Passports for Patrons/Public Attending
Indoor Events
On September 14, 2021 the Ontario government announced requirements for businesses and organizations that will require patrons (attendees) to show proof of double vaccination to attend. This includes the shows/events sector. 
 
The Toronto Boat Show will follow all public health guidelines and venue protocols. As the show is over three months away, it is too early for the finalization of our health guidelines for January. 

Information will be communicated as policies and protocols evolve, including exhibit staff and contractors.

Thank you for understanding the fluid environment we are working through. 
Official Show Hotels
We are excited to share with you that the Sheraton Centre Toronto and the Westin Harbour Castle will again be the Official Show Hotels.

We are close to finalizing new, discounted rates – so please hold off on booking your hotel rooms.
 
New rates and booking links will be in next week’s newsletter – stay tuned!
Show Team
Your Show Team is here to answer questions and welcomes your feedback at any time!

(905) 951-4054

(905) 951-4052

(604) 882-8024

Judy Richardson, jrmedia@rogers.com (905) 476-9685

Kim Blair, kblair@canadianboatshows.com (905) 951-0009

Shawn McConnell, s6mcconnell@gmail.com (416) 574-9826

Linda Waddell, lwaddell@canadianboatshows.com (905) 951-4051
Exhibitor Newsletters
2022 Show Newsletters
 
Newsletters are the primary method of communication for important show information that will be sent regularly to your email and will be posted here.
 
If you have additional staff you would like to receive this newsletter, please email Wendy McCarroll, wmccarroll@canadianboatshows.com.
 
Click Here to reference all past Exhibitor Newsletters 
Protect Yourself Against Fraud
Some Toronto exhibitors have been receiving emails, phone calls and mail from companies offering to sell data and contact information relating to show attendees.

Again we remind you, we provide NO data to these companies, and strongly advise that you ignore any communications received.
 
Exhibitors are also being contacted by companies "appearing" to represent the Toronto Boat Show while soliciting exhibitor listing information and hotel reservations. These companies are in no way associated with Canadian Boat Shows.

Show Team as listed above are the only Boat Show staff that will contact you to request information.