TORONTO — Ontario is easing capacity limits at certain venues where proof of vaccination is required, including sports facilities, cinemas and concert venues.
Starting Saturday, capacity limits at outdoor events where people stand will increase to up to 75 per cent capacity or 15,000 people, whichever is less.
For outdoor events where people are seated, limits will be increased to up to 75 per cent capacity or 30,000 people.
That means the Blue Jays are able to increase capacity at the Rogers Centre in Toronto to 30,000 – up from 15,000 spectators – for their push to make the playoffs.
The province also says proof of vaccination will now be required in outdoor settings where the normal capacity is 20,000 people or more.
Indoors, cinemas, concert venues, sporting events, banquet halls, convention centres, racing venues, and commercial film and TV productions with studio audiences will have capacity limits of up to 50 per cent or 10,000 people, whichever is less.
Ontario's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Kieran Moore, says the province's COVID-19 cases and health indicators have been stable recently, though it doesn't mean the province can let its guard down in the face of the Delta variant.
Ontario reported 727 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and eight more deaths. More than 250 of those cases were in people aged 20 to 39.
There are 193 people in intensive care units due to COVID-19, with 108 of them unvaccinated, 11 partially vaccinated, 11 fully vaccinated and the remaining 63 have an unknown vaccination status.
About 86 per cent of eligible Ontarians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and about 80 per cent are fully vaccinated.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2021.
Allison Jones, The Canadian Press