Closures, Events and Gatherings

What businesses and public areas are closed?

Face Coverings in WDG

Effective 12:01 a.m. on June 12, 2020, as part of Stage 2 reopening safety precautions, Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health for the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit, has ordered that any customer, patron, employee or visitor who enters a commercial establishment be required to wear a face covering at all times while inside the establishment, with the exception of:

  • Children under the age of two years.
  • Children under the age of five years (either chronologically or developmentally) who refuse to wear a face covering and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver.
  • People whose ability to breathe in any way is inhibited by the face covering.
  • People that have any other medical reason they cannot wear a face covering safely, such as, but not limited to, respiratory disease, cognitive difficulties or difficulties in hearing or processing information.

For more information, please read our Face Coverings Class Order and FAQs

Events and gatherings

Public and Social Gatherings

  • Regardless of where you live in Ontario, social gathering limits will be expanded to up to 10 people. People must still practice physical distancing, by keeping at least two metres away from others outside of their direct household. 

Places of Worship

  • Places of worship may reopen to hold weddings, funerals or religious services, rites or ceremonies across the province with limiting indoor attendance to 30 per cent of building capacity and practicing physical distancing to ensure the safety of worshippers.
  • Outdoor gatherings at a place of worship (wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony) are permitted with a limit of 50 attendees. All persons in attendance must practice physical distancing.
  • A reception at an indoor or outdoor wedding or funeral must not exceed more than 10 people
  • Outdoor drive-in religious gatherings are permitted with motorized or non-motorized vehicles positioned a least two meters away from others.

For more information on reopening guidelines for faith community leaders please see: COVID-19 Guidance for Places of Worship

Restaurants and Bars

  • Restaurants, bars, food trucks and other food and drink establishments (e.g., wineries, breweries and distilleries) can open for dining in outdoor areas only, such as patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent premises
  • Establishments must take appropriate measures to ensure physical distancing of at least two metres between patrons from different households

Weddings, Funerals and Similar Gatherings

  • Places of worship and venues not otherwise restricted can open to conduct wedding ceremonies, funerals and similar gatherings within existing public health restrictions.
  • Guests that are not part of the same household or social circle should follow physical distancing guidelines for both indoor and outdoor events. 

Ceremony 

  • Indoor ceremony limited guest attendance to a maximum of 30 per cent capacity of the ceremony venue
  • Outdoor ceremony limited guest attendance to maximum 50 attendees

Reception 

  • ​Maximum only 10 people can attend a reception regardless of being indoors or outdoors

Small Outdoor Events

  • Small outdoor events, such as cultural celebrations, animal shows and fundraisers will be permitted in line with gathering-size restrictions, subject to local public health requirements.
  • Event organizers should have in place measures to enable physical distancing for people when in the event space and while waiting to enter, such as one-way traffic, marked lineup areas, and timed entry and length of stay.
  • Large outdoor events, such as concerts, large festivals, parades and amusement fairs, are not permitted.

Garage or Yard Sales

With the warm weather upon us, you may be eager to sell some belongings at a garage or yard sale. Perhaps you would like to do some neighbourhood second-hand shopping yourself. It is important to remember that an Emergency Order is in place which prohibits public and social gatherings of more than 10 people.

Please check with your local municipality as to whether garage and yard sales are permitted. If they are permitted, and you choose to host or attend an individual sale, please review the guidance below for keeping yourself and others safe. Larger community/neighbourhood yard sales are not currently recommended.

Guidance for Seller 

  • Cancel or postpone the sale if you or anyone in your 10-person social cirlce is feeling sick.
  • Where possible, ensure items for sale and tables are cleaned and disinfected.
  • Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water or sanitize hands (with a minimum of 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer) before and after handling items and/or exchanging money.
  • Sneeze and cough into a bent elbow or a tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Limit the handling of items as much as possible once your sale begins.
  • The sale should not exceed 10 people at one time and both the host and shoppers must practice physical distancing. Consider:
    • Assigning one person to monitor how many people are shopping
    • Posting a sign which reminds shoppers of the 10-person limit
    • Marking (with chalk or tape) a spot for shoppers to wait their turn to shop
    • Marking (with chalk or tape) a one-way traffic flow for shoppers
    • Set up display tables a minimum of 2 meters apart to allow shoppers space to practice physical distancing
  • Wear a non-medical face covering if you feel physical distancing will be difficult to maintain.
  • Encourage shoppers to limit the handling of items as much as possible.
  • If possible, have hand sanitizer (minimum of 60% alcohol-based) available at the sale for yourself and shoppers.
  • Consider setting out a cash box for shoppers to pay and retrieve change themselves. If possible, encourage the use of e-transfer of money rather than cash, coins or cheques.
  • Avoid selling food or drinks at the sale.

Guidance for Shoppers

  • Avoid going to the sale if you are anyone in your 10-person social cirlce is sick.
  • Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water or sanitize hands (with a minimum of 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer) before and after handling items for sale and/or exchanging money.
  • Sneeze and cough into a bent elbow or a tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Follow the social gathering limits of 10 people as set out by the Emergency Order and the host.
  • Be patient. Look for any signage, wait your turn to shop, and follow the one-way traffic flow of the sale.
  • Practice physical distancing while shopping (stay 2 meters away from others).
  • Wear a non-medical face covering if you feel physical distancing will be difficult to maintain.
  • Consider having only one family member shopping at one time.
  • Limit the handling of items as much as possible.
  • If possible, encourage the use of e-transfer of money rather than cash, coins or cheques.
  • COVID-19 viruses can survive on surfaces from several hours to days depending on several factors. Where possible, clean and disinfect items you buy prior to bringing them into your home (i.e. plastics, metals, wood, washing of fabrics). For objects that cannot be disinfected (i.e. cloth furniture) leave them outside or in a quarantined area for three days.1

References

  1. Government of Canada. [Internet]. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Summary of assumptions. 2020 April 14. [cited 2020 June 16]. Available from: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/assumptions.html
  2. Southwestern Public Health. [Internet]. Considerations for sale of second-hand items and/or yard and garage sales. June 11, 2020. Available from: https://www.swpublichealth.ca/sites/default/files/covid-19_guidance_for_yard_sales.pdf

For more information, visit www.wdgpublichealth.ca or contact our COVID-19 Call Centre (for non-health related questions) at 519-822-2715 ext. 4020. It is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit your local municipal website for more information on local closures.