Colts, Cineplex Face Reduced Capacity Amid Rising Cases

The Barrie Colts and Cineplex Cinemas have something in common – both will be impacted by the new capacity restrictions.

Yesterday, Premier Doug Ford announced capacity limits that will be in effect starting Saturday, Dec. 18 at 12:01 a.m., due to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

Read more about Ford’s announcement here.

Ford said any venue with a capacity of 1,000 or more, like the Sadlon Arena, will be capped at 50 per cent. As well as capacity limitations at large event spaces, like Cineplex theatres.

What Should Colts’ Fans Know?

The Colts haven’t hit the ice much of late because of outbreaks.

Four of their games this month, three against the Sudbury Wolves and one versus the Kingston Frontenacs, have been postponed, including tonight’s home match, and tomorrow’s in Kingston.

Related: Colts’ games postponed

What protocols should fans know – like seating arrangements – once they are able to return to Sadlon Arena?

“We are working on that,” Colts’ co-owner Jim Payetta wrote in an email to Barrie 360. “Season ticket holders will not be affected at all though.”

What Should Movie-Lovers Know?

Cineplex is facing a similar issue with their large scale, in-door entertainment spaces.

The theatre giant was getting ready for the highly anticipated release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which they say “was the biggest advance ticketing launch of all time.”

“We will of course ensure full compliance with all government orders, as we have since the pandemic began 20 months ago,” Cineplex stated in a release on Twitter.

“We appreciate our guests’ patience as our team readjusts its operations as quickly as we can to follow these new government protocols and guidelines. For guests with advance tickets, we ask them to keep an eye on their email accounts in the coming days for updates and next steps.”

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