Good News for Band Practice: Ontario Allowing People to Form "Social Circles" of Up to 10 People

Sorry, Broken Social Scene, you'll have to wait
Good News for Band Practice: Ontario Allowing People to Form 'Social Circles' of Up to 10 People
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Ontario is once again easing its physical distancing restrictions, and this could mean good news for bands across the province.

Doug Ford's government has announced that people anywhere in the province — even including areas with the most confirmed cases of coronavirus, such as the Toronto area — are allowed to build "social circles" with as many as 10 people, including family and friends. No social distancing measures will be required within those circles, meaning that hugging and touching is allowed.

Which is to say: bands are allowed to start practising again, so long as the members keep their cumulative social bubbles to 10 people or less. That might be a little tough for Broken Social Scene, but most bands will at least have the option of practicing, depending on how they prioritize their social bubbles.

"Think of your social circle as the people you can touch, hug and have close contact with as we continue the fight against COVID-19," Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said at a press conference. "Be true to your social circle. No one should be part of more than one circle."

This follows news that parts of Ontario are entering Phase 2 of reopening; among other guidelines, this latest phase allows the film and TV industries to resume filming, so long as physical distancing restrictions are in place. That announcement excluded parts of Southern Ontario, however, such as the Toronto area.