21 August 2020 – Restrictions for meeting and event spaces eased

Type of Intervention: Guidance
Sectors Involved: Health, Private Sector and Businesses
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Reopening offices, businesses, institutions, and operations; Allowing gatherings, businesses, and services
Level of Jurisdiction: Ontario
Lead People/Agency: Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams

Overview: The Ontario government is safely reopening more of the economy, easing restrictions for facilities that rent out professional meeting and event spaces. As of August 21, 2020, facilities can now have up to 50 guests for each indoor meeting room/event space within the facility. The facility must adhere strictly to a plan that is approved by the office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Full details here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58108/ontario-expands-indoor-capacity-for-meeting-and-event-facilities

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Type of Justification: No justification given
Evidence/Justification: Limited justification and no concrete evidence is given to support this new policy. The justification provided by the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries is that allowing businesses to operate at a greater capacity will allow for these businesses to welcome back more employees and visitors. This intends to boost social and economic recovery in the province.