Ontario Concert Venues Celebrate as Province Lifts Restrictions on General Admission Shows
Shows with standing room only are now permitted, effective immediately
Yesterday (October 27), the province issued some amendments to the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act. The Canadian Live Music Association shared this document with Exclaim!, pointing out that the word "seated" has been stricken from the act as it pertains to concert restrictions.
The Reopening Ontario Act previously stated, "Concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open if they comply with the following conditions." One of those conditions read, "No member of the public may attend a seated concert, event, performance or movie within the concert venue, theatre or cinema unless they have made a reservation to do so." That's the crucial paragraph from which the word "seated" has been removed.
This means that all concerts, both seated or standing, can now operate at full capacity starting immediately, the Toronto Star confirmed.
The Canadian Live Music Association celebrated the news with a tweet:
BREAKING NEWS (ON): Effective immediately, live concerts are no longer subject to standing or seated restrictions. As of right now, shows can be standing or seated at full capacity.— Canadian Live Music Association (@Canadian_Live) October 27, 2021
Thank you to @MacLeodLisa for your continued support for our vibrant sector. #ForTheLoveOfLIVE
This change was already coming on November 15 as part of the province's reopening roadmap, but this news means it comes into effect a couple weeks earlier than expected. Mask and vaccines will still be required for indoor shows.