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Current Restrictions:

See Ontario’s current Restrictions for events and gatherings and Restrictions for weddings, funerals, and other religious services.

October 4, 2021: The Local Medical Officer of Health has issued a Letter of Instruction for All Employers, Business Owners and Operators and Person(s) Responsible for organized gatherings in the region of Windsor-Essex, served by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. View the Letter of Instruction.


General Advice on Gatherings

If you are thinking about getting together with individuals outside of your household, remember:

  • All gatherings must follow the current provincial and local restrictions.
  • The safest way to celebrate or visit with individuals outside of your household is by gathering virtually.
  • Even if you are friends with someone, the risk of transmitting COVID-19 still exists and is not reduced because you know each other. 
  • Outdoor gatherings or events are safer than indoor; however, public health measures such as physical distancing should still be in place.
  • Gatherings with as few guests as possible will have a lower risk of COVID-19 transmission. 
  • Read Ontario’s “Celebrate Safely during COVID-19” webpage for helpful tips on safely celebrating events and upcoming holidays (e.g. Halloween, Remembrance Day).

Information for Hosts

  • Ask the service providers you hire (e.g. ceremony and reception venues, florist, food service vendor) questions about public health measures that must be followed or special instructions they may have.
  • Review venue/vendor contracts and insurance requirements.
  • Ensure in-person attendance is in compliance with provincial and local restrictions (see below) *. 

Wedding or Religious Service, Rite, or Ceremony

Place of Worship

Indoors and Outdoors:
Limited to the number of people who can maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from every other person in the room.

Meeting or Event Space

Indoors and Outdoors:
Limited to the number of people who can maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from every other person in the room.

Private Dwelling

Indoors:
25 people or less + maintain a physical distance

Outdoors:
100 people or less + maintain a physical distance

Social Gathering associated with a wedding service, rite, or ceremony (e.g. receptions)

Place of Worship

Indoors:
25 people or less + maintain a physical distance

Outdoors:
100 people or less with two metres of physical distancing.

Reference: Ontario Website for services and ceremonies.

Meeting or Event Space

Indoors:
100% capacity, with enough space for 2 metres of physical distancing.

Outdoors:

100% capacity.

Note: proof of vaccination will be required in outdoor settings where the normal maximum capacity is 20,000 people or more.

Reference: Ontario Website for meeting and event spaces

Private Dwelling

Indoors:
25 people or less + maintain a physical distance

Outdoors:
100 people or less + maintain a physical distance

Reference: Ontario website for organized events and special gatherings.

*This information is current as of October 4, 2021. Always verify that your event is in compliance by checking the Ontario website and WECHU’s local orders and restrictions page.

  • Use outdoor spaces whenever possible. 
  • Ensure there is 2 metres of physical distancing maintained between people not from the same household when they are attending your event. For example, arrange seating in advance that is appropriately spaced. 
  • Provide supplies such as hand sanitizer, soap and water, and disposable masks.
  • Open windows, if possible. 
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces. 
  • Ask guests to stay home if they have symptoms, even if mild.
  • Ensure guests over age 12 attending an indoor social gathering (e.g. wedding reception) at a meeting or event space or restaurant are informed ahead of time that they are required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test is not permitted as an alternative to proof of vaccination.
  • Create a guest list for WECHU to use for contract tracing purposes and share it with the Health Unit within 24 hours if requested. The guest list can be deleted after 30 days.
  • If you are planning on serving food or drinks:
    • Wash your hands before and frequently during preparation. 
    • Avoid buffet-style food service and make sure you can maintain physical distance while serving and cleaning up food.
    • Serve food on individual plates to prevent your guests from passing and touching the same objects.
    • Ask everyone to wash their hands before and after eating.

Information for Guests

  • If you are required to show proof of vaccination to attend the event, remember to bring acceptable copies of your vaccination receipts and identification.
  • Do not attend if you have any symptoms, even if mild.
  • Limit close contact with others to individuals living in your household.
  • Maintain a two metre physical distance from individuals who do not live in your household.
  • Wear a face covering indoors and wear one outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer regularly throughout the event.
  • Ask in advance what the plan is for using washrooms and providing food or drinks, ensuring people are not touching the same objects. 
  • Consider participating virtually or not attending the event if you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, including if you are 70 years or older, are immunocompromised or have underlying medical conditions.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 10:00am