Ontario ends crowd limits for ceremonies, parades

A 100-person cap remains on outdoor social gatherings

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Crowd capacity limits for outdoor organized events have been lifted in Ontario just in time for Remembrance Day ceremonies and Santa Claus parades.

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The Ontario government confirmed in a statement Thursday that it had approved the capacity change plus a number of other measures including the much-mocked requirement that motor vehicles remain at least two metres apart in drive-thrus and drive-ins.

Toronto is among cities that already opted not to hold traditional Santa Claus parades this year.

People attending parades and memorial services will have to wear masks if they cannot stay six feet (two metres) apart.

“As the risk of COVID-19 transmission is significantly lower outdoors, the regulatory amendments also remove outdoor capacity limits in most other sectors where they remain,” a statement says.

“This includes but isn’t limited to outdoor areas of fairs, rural exhibitions and festivals, and outdoor areas of museums, aquariums, zoos, and science centres, among others. Ski hills and other outdoor recreational amenities are also able to operate outdoor without capacity limits.”

A 100-person cap remains on outdoor social gatherings.

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Under the new rules, indoor recreational facilities can opt in to proof of vaccination requirements.

Ontario is phasing out its pandemic reopening plan over a number of months, starting with capacity limits at many venues like indoor restaurants and gyms.

As of Nov. 15, Ontario plans to remove pandemic-related capacity caps in night clubs, wedding hall spaces with dancing, strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs.

aartuso@postmedia.com

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