Toronto venues the Horseshoe Tavern and Lee’s Palace have cancelled all of their in-person events until after the holidays.
The news comes in response to surging COVID-19 cases amidst Omicron infections across the province. As a result, both venues have decided to hold off on in-person events until the new year. Both the front bar and the stage area of the Horseshoe Tavern were closed to the public on December 20th.
“In the interest of the health and safety of our staff, patrons and performers, the Horseshoe Tavern and Lee’s Palace will be closed until Monday, January 3rd, 2022,” a post on their socials reads. “This includes the Horseshoe Tavern front bar, which will be closing tonight, December 20th at 5 p.m. Ticket holders for any ticketed shows will be emailed with more information.”
Read the announcement in full below.
This means that the Sadies’ New Year’s Eve concerts at the Horseshoe Tavern on December 30th and 31st will be cancelled. METZ were one of the early shows at Lee’s Palace that were postponed. Now, Lemon Bucket’s show on December 23rd and MONOWHALES’ New Year’s Eve show are both affected by the closure.
On Saturday, December 18th, Ontario reintroduced capacity limits on indoor venues just two months after lifting them. Many venues that have a capacity of over 1,000 have to operate at just 50 per cent capacity. These venues include sports arenas, theatres, and, of course, concert venues. This means games for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and Toronto Raptors will be limited to 50 per cent capacity.