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How The COVID-19 Restrictions Will Impact You, March 2022

Thank you for booking your upcoming event at Artscape. We are so happy to welcome you into the space and give you a chance to gather with friends, family and work colleagues. Artscape takes all guests’ health and safety who enter our buildings, and we have strict COVID-19 protocols in place.

These include:

  • Masks must be worn at all times, except while eating or drinking or while being filmed, especially when interacting with Artscape staff
  • Increase cleaning of high touch surfaces
  • Upgrades to HVAC systems to ensure they are running optimally and filters are being checked regularly
  • Active COVID Screening
  • Artscape has mandated that all staff are to be fully vaccinated to work on-site

With key public health and health system indicators continuing to improve, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is cautiously and gradually easing public health measures sooner, with the next phase of measures being eased on February 17, 2022 at 12:01 a.m.

Effective February 17, 2022

Ontario will further ease public health measures, including, but not limited to:

  • Increasing social gathering limits to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
  • Increasing organized public event limits to 50 people indoors, with no limit outdoors

Removing capacity limits in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including but not limited to:

  • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities
  • Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms
  • Cinemas
  • Meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres
  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
  • Indoor areas of settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements.
  • Allowing 50 percent of the usual seating capacity at sports arenas
  • Allowing 50 percent of the usual seating capacity for concert venues and theatres
  • Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25 percent in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including nightclubs, restaurants where there is dancing, as well as bathhouses and sex clubs
  • Increasing capacity limits for indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites, or ceremonies to the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance. Capacity limits are removed if the location opts-in to use proof of vaccination or if the service, rite, or ceremony is occurring outdoors.

Effective March 1, 2022

Ontario will take additional steps to ease public health measures if public health and health system indicators continue to improve. This includes lifting capacity limits in all remaining indoor public settings.

Ontario will also lift proof of vaccination requirements for all settings at this time. Artscape will render a decision about its stance on vaccine requirements before March 1 and communicate that to all upcoming and future clients. Masking requirements will remain in place at this time, with a specific timeline to lift this measure to be communicated at a later date.

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