New Capacity Limits for Indoor Public Settings

Dec 17, 2021
Friday, December 17, 2021
Ontario Introduces New Capacity Limits
Office of the Premier
In response to the rapidly-spreading and highly transmissible Omicron variant, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is applying additional public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity and social gathering limits.

 Ontario is introducing a 50 per cent capacity limit in the following indoor public settings:

  • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments;
  • Personal care services;
  • Personal physical fitness trainers;
  • Retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies);
    Shopping malls;
  • Non-spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities (e.g. gyms);
  • Indoor recreational amenities;
  • Indoor clubhouses at outdoor recreational amenities;
  • Tour and guide services; and
  • Photography studios and services; and
  • Marinas and boating clubs.

These limits do not apply to any portion of a business or place that is being used for a wedding, a funeral or a religious service, rite, or ceremony. Businesses or facilities will also need to post a sign stating the capacity limits that are permitted in the establishment.

These restrictions will come into effect on 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, December 19, 2021.

Read the full News Release HERE
For updated information as it becomes available, visit the Government of Ontario website HERE

Minister Pablo Rodriguez Mandate Letter

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Mandate Letter to Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez was released on Thursday, December 16, 2021. The Mandate asks Minister Rodriguez to deliver on a number of commitments, including the following. 

  • Support artists and the cultural sector to recover from the impacts of the pandemic by:
    • Holding a national summit on plans to restart and position the arts, culture and heritage sectors for the future;
    • Ensuring sufficient compensation is available for media production stoppages related to COVID-19;
    • Launching an Arts and Culture Recovery Program to mitigate the impacts of reduced capacity in cultural venues; and
    • Implementing a COVID-19 transitional support program to provide emergency relief to artists and cultural workers.
  • Developing a new Changing Narratives Fund to provide diverse communities with the tools to tell their own stories and to promote diverse voices in arts, culture and media.

Read the full Mandate Letter HERE

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