Ontario expands capacity allowed for indoor event spaces and meeting rooms

Aug 22 2020, 8:36 am

The province is easing restrictions on businesses and facilities that rent out professional meeting and event spaces, allowing them to hold more people.

Previously, buildings were permitted to hold a limit of 50 people indoors to allow for physical distancing, but on Friday afternoon, the province updated the regulations.

According to a release, facilities can now have up to 50 guests in each indoor meeting room or event space as long as they abide by a plan approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

“As the province gradually and safely reopens, our government is continuing to promote a safe approach to reopening businesses to boost Ontario’s economic and social recovery,” Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries, said. “Allowing for multiple meetings or events will allow convention centres, hotels, and other professional meeting facilities to welcome back more visitors and employees.”

The indoor gathering limit will now apply on a “per meeting room or event space basis” at a variety of venues like convention centres, hotels, motels, resorts, banquet halls, and conference centres.

Outdoor venues remain subject to the 100-person gathering limit for the entire outdoor area, excluding employees or event staff.

“Safely allowing these facilities to host more meetings and events is an important step in Ontario’s economic recovery,” the province said in its release.

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