Ontario Capacity Limits in Select Settings

Published October 13, 2021

Ontario Cautiously Lifting Capacity Limits in Select Settings

In keeping with the government’s cautious approach, effective Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., capacity limits will be lifted to allow 100 percent capacity in the following settings:

  • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas;
  • Spectator areas of facilities for sports and recreational fitness (would not include gyms, personal training);
  • Meeting and event spaces (indoor meeting and event spaces will still need to limit capacity to the number that can maintain physical distancing);
  • Horseracing tracks, car racing tracks, and other similar venues; and
  • Commercial film and television productions with studio audiences.

Read more about the capacity limits here

Effective September 22, 2021, patrons seeking access to the following areas of the premises of the following businesses or organizations must show proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can enter the area, with limited exceptions:

Businesses or OrganizationsAdditional Information
Indoor areas of meeting and event spacesIncludes banquet halls, conference and convention centres (with limited exceptions)
Indoor areas of concert venues, theatres, and cinemas 
Indoor areas where film and TV productions take place with studio audiencesDoes not include cast and crew members


The proof of identification and proof of vaccination against COVID-19 requirements under O. Reg. 364/20 do not apply to:

a)      Workers, contractors, repair workers, delivery workers, students, volunteers, inspectors or others who are entering the business or organization for work purposes and not as patrons.

b)     A patron who is entering an indoor area solely for the following purposes:

  • to use a washroom;
  • to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route;
  • to make a retail purchase;
  • while placing or picking up an order, including placing a bet or picking up winnings in the case of a horse racing track;
  • while paying for an order;
  • to purchase admission; or
  • as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.

1.         My business or organization is a multi-use facility (e.g., community centres, community hubs, co-working spaces, library, museum, gallery) that has several different activities (e.g., gym, child care centre, meeting and event space). Do individuals in those spaces need to show proof of vaccination? 

There may be different requirements for proof of vaccination for different spaces within a business or organization, as there are currently for other restrictions in Step 3 (e.g., active screening is required prior to entry at sports and recreational fitness facilities, but not for other services that may be provided in the same multi-purpose facility).

Businesses or organizations will be required to verify proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 at the point of entry of areas of the premises where it is required, for each patron, with limited exceptions (e.g., medical exemptions, children under 12, etc.).

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