The Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs will begin their seasons with a full spot after the province announced that it will raise capacity limits for certain indoor and outdoor venues.
Starting at 12:01 am on Saturday, 100% capacity will be allowed in the following locations:
- Concert halls, theaters and cinemas;
- Spectator areas of recreational sports and fitness facilities (would not include gyms, personal training);
- Meeting and event spaces (indoor meeting and event spaces should limit capacity to the number that can maintain physical distance);
- Horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar places; and
- Film and television commercial productions with studio audiences.
“We are thrilled to see this day come when we can welcome a full venue to cheer on the Maple Leafs and Raptors,” said Michael Friisdahl, President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE).
MLSE says they will begin hosting a full crowd for the Maple Leafs home opener on October 13.
The Health Ministry said that these settings also include wedding services and receptions at event venues, but does not apply to church services.
In Ontario, proof of vaccination is currently required for all indoor activities and outdoor event venues.
Medical Health Officer Dr. Kieran Moore said earlier this week that several recent outbreaks have been associated with weddings, but noted that proof of vaccination will be required next week to attend weddings and funerals in meeting and event spaces. .
The province says that since the proof-of-vaccination requirement went into effect, two key milestones have been reached: 86.8 percent of people 12 years and older were vaccinated with at least a first dose and nearly 82 percent. one hundred with two doses.
Capacity limits will remain in effect for all remaining sectors, including restaurants, retail stores, and personal care services.
With files from The Canadian Press