Events and Gatherings Guidance and Restrictions

Gatherings during the provincial emergency and stay-at-home order

  • You are not allowed to gather indoors or outdoors with anyone you do not live with, except one other person from outside of the household that lives alone.
  • Limit close contact to only members of your household (the people you live with). If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.
  • You must stay at least two metres apart from everyone else and wear a mask or face covering during permitted events such as a wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony.
  • If you do not follow these rules for gatherings:
    • organizers may be fined a minimum of $10,000
    • each attendee may receive a $750 ticket
    • enforcement personnel may break up the gathering or temporarily close the premises
  • If a police officer or other provincial offences officer has reason to suspect that you are participating in an organized public event or social gathering, they may require you to provide information to ensure you are complying with restrictions. This additional enforcement tool will only be in effect during the Stay-at-Home order.

Gathering limits

All events and social gatherings:

Indoors and outdoors: not allowed, except with:

  • members of your household
  • one other person from outside of the household that lives alone

Religious, wedding and funeral services:

  • Indoors or outdoors: 10 people
  • Receptions are not permitted indoors or outdoors, except with members of the same household (the people you live with) or with one other person from outside of the household that lives alone
  • Drive-in services permitted

Gathering limits in the COVID-19 Response Framework

Please also refer to the Ontario COVID-19 response framework: keeping Ontario safe and open, for a summary of the regulatory requirements under each zone of public health measures.

  Prevent – Green Protect – Yellow Restrict - Orange Control - Red

Provincewide Shutdown/Lockdown
- Grey

Wedding, funeral or religious service rite or ceremony

30% capacity of the room indoors or

 

100 people outdoors

30% capacity of the room indoors or

 

100 people outdoors

30% capacity of the room indoors or

 

100 people outdoors

30% capacity of the room indoors or

 

100 people outdoors

10 people indoors

 

10 people outdoors

Social gatherings before or after a service, rite or ceremony (e.g. wedding or funeral reception)

10 people indoors or

 

25 people outdoors
for private unstaffed events

10 people indoors or

 

25 people outdoors
for private unstaffed events

10 people indoors or

 

25 people outdoors
for private unstaffed events

5 people indoors or

 

25 people outdoors
for private unstaffed events

No indoor organized events

 

5 people outdoors

Staffed events monitored and operated by an event business/facility

50 people indoors or

 

100 people outdoors

50 people indoors or

 

100 people outdoors

50 people indoors or

 

100 people outdoors

10 people indoors or

 

25 people outdoors

Meetings and event facilities are closed as indoor social events and gatherings are not permitted

Gathering limits are subject to attendees’ ability to maintain 2 metres physical distance from those outside their household.

  • Gathering limits apply even if a social gathering is held at a private dwelling or residence.
  • Virtual and drive-in services for the purposes of a wedding ceremony, funeral, religious service, rite or ceremony are currently permitted.
  • Non-religious drive-in or drive-through events (for entertainment or recreational purposes) are not permitted during the Provincewide Shutdown/Lockdown.

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