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August 21, 2020: Ontario Expands Indoor Capacity for Meeting and Event Facilities

The Government of Ontario has expanded the indoor capacity for meeting and event facilities to 50 guests for each indoor meeting room or event space within the facility effective August 21, 2020. Outdoor meeting and event facilities remain subject to 100-person gathering limit for the entire outdoor area.

Establishments must adhere and follow this sector specific Guidance for Professional Meeting and Event Facilities During COVID-19, which has been developed by the industry and approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health to ensure public safety.

Effective August 21, 2020 - Meeting and Event Facilities:

  • -  Facilities can have up to 50 guests for each indoor meeting room or event space within the facility at professional meeting and event facilities, including convention centres, hotels, motels, resorts, banquet halls and conference centres.
  • -  The facility would have to adhere to plan approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health - Guidance for Professional Meeting and Event Facilities During COVID-19
  • -  The current indoor gathering limit will now apply on a per meeting room or event space basis Outdoor meeting and event facilities remain subject to the 100-person gathering limit for the entire outdoor area.
  • -  Capacity limits exclude employees or event personnel.

Effective August 21, 2020 - Restaurants/ Dining Areas:

-  Record the name and contact information of at least one member of every party of patrons that enters an indoor or outdoor dining area in the establishment, other than patrons who temporarily enter the area to place, pick up or pay for a takeout order

This replaces the previous requirement to record the name and contact information of every patron who is in a dining area.

Other measures in this section remain in place:

-  Maintain the records for a period of at least one month, and

-  Only disclose the records to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request for a purpose specified in that Act or as otherwise required by law.

** Please note these amendments are from the provincial government, however local health units have the authority to establish their own rules. Please refer to your local health unit.