ONTARIO ANNOUNCES CAUTIOUS REOPENING STEPS
With key public health and health care indicators starting to show signs of improvement, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, released details of steps to cautiously and gradually ease public health measures. The easing of restrictions will follow a phased approach, with 21 days between each step, starting January 31, 2022.
Under this phased approach, meeting and event spaces may open at 50% capacity effective January 31st at 12:01am with capacity limits due to be lifted on February 21st. Enhanced proof of vaccination requirements, and other requirements will continue to apply. The Ontario government press release outlining the reopening phases can be found here.
CAEM attended an Ontario government technical briefing on Thursday afternoon that outlined the lifting of restrictions. You can find the technical briefing deck here. During this session we learned the regulations associated with the reopening are still being written and are not yet available. As soon as they become available, we will circulate them as we know how important understanding the specific requirements are in your planning process.
CAEM is encouraged to see that the 500-person cap on sporting arenas, concert venues and theatres does not currently apply to meeting and event spaces, and our capacity limits are currently aligned with those of retail establishments.