Ontario concert halls celebrate as province lifts restrictions on general admission performances
Standing-only shows are now permitted, effective immediately
Posted on October 28, 2021
Ontario has gradually lifted the rules around live concerts, but the transition has not been smooth or easy. Even when the province announced concert halls were returning to full capacity, members of the live music industry pointed out that restrictions remained for performances without seats. Now the industry is celebrating a small but crucial rule change regarding no-seat gigs.
Yesterday (October 27), the province released changes to the Ontario Reopening Act (a flexible response to COVID-19). The Canadian Live Music Association shared this document with Exclaim !, noting that the word “seated” has been struck from the law regarding concert restrictions.
The Ontario Reopening Act set out above, “Concert halls, theaters and cinemas may open if they meet the following conditions. One of these conditions is as follows: “No member of the public may attend a concert, event, performance or film seated in the concert hall, theater or cinema unless they have made a concert. reservation to do so. ” This is the crucial paragraph from which the word “sit” has been deleted.
This means that all gigs, sitting or standing, can now operate at full capacity from now on, the Toronto Star confirmed.
The Canadian Live Music Association celebrated the news with a tweet:
BREAKING NEWS (ON): Effective immediately, live concerts are no longer subject to standing or seated restrictions. At the moment, shows can be standing or seated at full capacity.
– Canadian Live Music Association (@Canadian_Live) October 27, 2021
The change was already coming on November 15 as part of the province’s reopening roadmap, but the news means it goes into effect a few weeks earlier than expected. The mask and vaccines will always be compulsory for indoor shows.