Province increasing crowd size at many venues, including hockey arenas, movie theatres, banquet halls

Capacity increase applies to locations that require proof of vaccination

The province says it will allow a bigger crowd to cheer on the home team.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, announced on Friday that the province is boosting the allowable capacity within many indoor and outdoor settings where proof of vaccination is required. This includes sporting venues, meeting and event spaces, concerts, theatres, and studio audiences. As of September 25, capacities at these indoor venues will be increased to 50 per cent or 10,000 people, whichever is less.

Additionally, in outdoor venues where patrons are seated, capacity limits will be increased to 75 per cent of pre-COVID levels, or 30,000 people, whichever is less. For those venues where patrons are required to stand, capacity will be capped at 75 per cent or 15,000 people, again, whichever is less.

That means up to 30,000 fully vaxxed fans can cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays at their remaining home games, while almost 2,100 can join the Barrie Colts at Sadlon Arena as they kick off the regular season on October 7.

Patrons will be required to present proof of vaccination before entering these venues, despite the increased capacity at them.

“Thanks to the tremendous efforts of Ontarians adhering to public health measures and going out to get vaccinated, some of our key public health and health care indicators are currently stable,” said Dr. Moore. “Work remains, however, and we must all remain vigilant and continue following the measures and advice in place, and continue to work to vaccinate as many Ontarians as possible to achieve the highest immunization rates we can, and to increase our level of community immunity and protect those who cannot receive the vaccine.”