BREAKDOWN: Ontario Just Green Lighted Sports Teams, Venues And More To Have Full Capacity In Their Arenas
Sports Minister Lisa MacLeod has confirmed that Ontario has given the green light to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Raptors to have full capacity for home games this season.
Prior to that, COVID-19 rules only allowed 50% of capacity at indoor sites.
The Leafs season opens is Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens, while the following night is opened by the Senators against Toronto.
Ontario’s decision makes the Vancouver Canucks the only NHL team not to have been granted full capacity permission this season. Currently, British Columbia allows 50% capacity at Canucks games.
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On October 20, the Raptors will begin their season against the visiting Washington Wizards.
Ontario’s decision will also allow 17 OHL (Ontario Hockey League) provinces to fill their buildings.
Concert halls, event and meeting spaces, motor racing and horse racing are also places that may be allowed to open at 100% of their capacity from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.
The government says it is making these changes based on the vaccine certification rate that took place last month, stable public health indicators and high vaccination rates. Other health measures will remain in place, as the province says there have been “a limited number of vaccinations in these areas.”
Outdoor facilities with a normal capacity of 20,000 people or more can now fully open, but must require people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.