Ontario Further Limits Capacity for Concert Venues
Effective today, venues can host a maximum of 1,000 patrons
Published Dec 31, 2021The Ontario government has announced new capacity limits on venues in response to surging COVID-19 case numbers.
Sports and concert venues are now required to limit their capacity to 50 percent or 1,000 patrons, whichever is less. This applies to arenas, theatres and more. For smaller venues, the previous 50 percent capacity limit still applies.
The new rules came into effect today. Previously, all venues were operating at 50 percent capacity — meaning that Scotiabank Arena, for example, which normally has a capacity of 19,800, was still able to bring in close to 10,000 fans.
On Friday, the province announced 16,713 new coronavirus cases. The province has announced that it will no longer widely be offering free PCR tests, and that members of the general public who are mildly symptomatic should isolate and not seek a test. Free tests are only available to people who qualify as "high-risk." Those who test positive on a rapid test are no longer encouraged to get a PCR test.
Furthermore, the province has updated isolation guidelines in response to Omicron. Vaccinated individuals and children under 12 with COVID-19 will only be required to quarantine for five days. Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated and/or immunocompromised people who contract the virus will still need to isolate for a full 10 days.
See the full rules here.
Most provinces throughout Canada have introduced gathering limits to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant.
Here's a list of the Canadian concerts that have been cancelled or postponed in recent weeks — although note that many more continue to be cancelled.