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Coronavirus: Toronto launches drive-in entertainment plan including screenings, concerts

A file photo of Toronto city hall.
A file photo of Toronto city hall. Nick Westoll / Global News

Toronto is launching a drive-in entertainment program as the city extends its ban on outdoor festivals and large gatherings until the end of September.

Announced Monday, the DriveInTO program will be providing movie screenings, concerts, and other festivities at no cost to attendees.

To facilitate the screenings, the city will be working in collaboration with a number of Toronto’s leading film curators including Hot Docs and TIFF.

Read more: Ontario reopening Stage 3: Gathering limit increasing as indoor dining, gyms permitted to reopen

The events will take place at four locations throughout the city, including Ontario Place and Downsview Park.

Mayor John Tory says the program will help fill the gaps between revamped, digital-only events such as the Nuit Blanche arts festival and the outright cancellation of major street festivals such as Caribana.

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Large outdoor gatherings and full-capacity concerts will remain illegal as the province transitions into Stage 3 of its COVID-19 reopening strategy.