Events and Gatherings

All Ontarians are advised to limit close contact to only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physical distancing and wear face coverings around everyone else.

Household gatherings and social circles

  • The Ontario government has paused all recommedations for social circles.
  • All Ontarians are advised to limit close contact to only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physical distancing and wear face coverings around everyone else.
  • Individuals who live alone may consider having exclusive close contact with another household.
  • Gatherings at your household with people outside of your immediate household are recommended to be held outdoors with distancing. If you are still considering an indoor gathering, the limit is 10 people with distancing and face coverings are strongly recommended.
  • Virtual gatherings or events are the safest way to visit or celebrate occasions with people outside your household.

Changes to gathering limits

Due to the recent increase in cases and to ensure continued health and safety, there is a new limit on the number of people allowed to attend unmonitored social gatherings and organized public events across Ontario.

As of September 19, 2020, the new gathering limits are:

  • indoor events or gatherings: 10 people (previous limit of 50)
  • outdoor events or gatherings: 25 people (previous limit of 100)
  • Indoor and outdoor events and gathering limits cannot be merged together.

This applies to social gatherings in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas. This includes:

  • functions
  • parties
  • dinners
  • gatherings
  • barbecues
  • wedding receptions

The new limits do not apply to events or gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities because they must already follow specific public health and safety guidelines to minimize risk and limit the spread of COVID-19. They include:

  • bars
  • restaurants
  • cinemas
  • convention centres or banquet halls
  • gyms
  • recreational sporting or performing art events
  • religious services, rites or ceremonies

Gathering Limits

                  

Staffed/supervised events/gatherings            

Unstaffed/unsupervised events/gatherings                 

Religious Service, Ceremony or Rite                                    

Setting
  • Any place other than a business or organization
    operating in accordance with O.Reg. 364/20.
  • For example, parties, dinners, barbecues,
    wedding receptions at private residences,
    backyards, parks, and other recreation areas.
  • For example, place of worship,
    banquet hall, park.
  • Events and social gatherings associated with
    the service, ceremony or rite must comply
    with applicable gathering limits.
Indoor 50 people or less 10 people or less 30% of the room capacity or less
Outdoor 100 people or less 25 people or less 100 people or less
  •  Gathering limits are subject to attendees’ ability to maintain 2 metres (6 feet) physical distance from everyone outside of their immediate household.
  •  People at their work, performers and staff do not count towards the gathering limits.
  •  Indoor gathering limits apply to events that are fully or partially indoors. Indoor events cannot be combined with an outdoor event to increase gathering size
  •  Outdoor spaces must have at least two full sides open to the outdoors and not be substantially blocked in any way
  •  Outdoor wedding, funeral or religious services, rites and ceremonies held in private backyards must comply with outdoor gathering limits and must not exceed 100 people. Social gatherings associated with a     wedding, funeral, or religious service, rite or ceremony at a private residence, before or after, must comply with gathering limits for private unstaffed/unsupervised events
  •  The indoor gathering limit for staff/supervised events/gatherings can be applied on a per room basis, excluding staff
    •  Each 50-person dedicated space/room should be distinct or separated by an impermeable barrier
  •  Drive-in and drive-through venues are not subject to gathering limits
  •  Trade shows or any events requiring guest to mingle are prohibited at this time
  •  Businesses unable to reopen in Stage 3 or are experiencing challenges with restrictions can work with the government on a reopening plan at Ontario.ca/reopen.

 Note: Table adapted from Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Checklist for Planning a Wedding

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