CITY OF TORONTO ENTERS STAGE 3 ON FRIDAY
The City of Toronto is preparing to oversee the safe restart of more businesses and services following today’s Province of Ontario announcement that Toronto can enter Stage 3 of the provincial reopening this Friday, July 31.
On July 13, the Province announced the implementation of Stage 3 of their “Reopening Ontario” framework for certain regions of Ontario that did not include the City of Toronto. Under the Stage 3 order and regulation made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, nearly all businesses and public spaces can gradually reopen, with workplace safety and public health measures in place.
As part of the Stage 3 reopening, as of Friday, July 31, Toronto residents are allowed to participate in expanded social gatherings and organized public events. Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are now permitted.
Under the Province’s Stage 3 order, many businesses and facilities are able to reopen, subject to compliance with reopening conditions and implementing mandatory public health measures, including maintaining contact information for patrons in the event contact tracing is required, cleaning and disinfecting amenities, equipment and devices as is necessary to maintain sanitary conditions for patrons. Businesses and facilities able to reopen include sports facilities, live shows, performing arts, among others.
The staff of Exhibition Place are very excited for what this means for the events industry, and we are prepared!
Via City of Toronto
PATHWAYS TO EVENT RESUMPTION
Exhibition Place continues to work in conjunction with Public Health officials, the Province of Ontario and the Federal Government of Canada, as it relates to the resumption of Business Events: exhibitions, meetings & conventions and eventually, mass gatherings such as festivals and concerts.
As we know, currently gathering limits are capped at 50 people indoors in Stage 3; Exhibition Place has submitted a request for an exemption to this gathering limit to the Province, in order for our business events to have the ability to restart. In conjunction with our industry association, CAEM, an exhibition industry roundtable was held this week with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Laura Purdy, GM participated with other industry leaders in the roundtable, and discussed reopening protocols and our desire to safely restart the business events industry as a vital economic generator of the Ontario economy. We will keep you updated on our progress as we receive feedback from the Province.
Exhibition Place’s Business EventsSafe ReOpening Protocol outlines the responsibilities of Event Organizers, Exhibition Place, Public Health and Government; working together to get back to the business of restarting our economy through hosting Business Events on the grounds of Exhibition Place. This is an ever-evolving document and it is relevant to what today’s protocols would look like if we could hold business events based on an exemption to the gathering limits.
Your Sales Account Executive will be reaching out to you directly to provide you with the Safe ReOpening Protocol.
Click here to watch a conversation with Laura Purdy, General Manager at Exhibition Place about COVID19, reopening guidelines, and next steps.
BEANFIELD CENTRE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE
As reported in our newsletter of June 29th, construction of the pedestrian bridge between Beanfield Centre and Hotel X is progressing well and on schedule.
We are very excited to share photos of our team at work! Mark Goss, General Manager of Operations and Mark Shortill, Capital Works Project Coordinator, both of ExPlace, were recently onsite with Andrew Schmidt of NORR Architects and James Hook of Ellis Don to inspect section 1 of the bridge prior to painting. This section spans from the east wall of Hotel X and will be supported on the Beanfield Centre side by a support column seated in the ground.
Our next steps are to complete the landscape work adjacent to where the support column will be, then the column will be installed. Once the column has been installed section 1 and section 2 of the bridge can be lifted up and into place. Final steps will be to install the roof, floor services, ceiling and glazing curtain wall.
We’re very excited to see things progressing so well and will be sure to share future updates with you!