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.