Events, Gatherings, Weddings, Funerals, Religious Rites or Ceremonies
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This page contains up-to-date public health measures that must be followed if hosting or attending any event, including weddings, funerals, religious services, rites and ceremonies, and gatherings. View restrictions in businesses and workplaces.
Social Gathering associated with a wedding service, rites, or ceremony (e.g. receptions)
Weddings, funerals, religious services, rites and ceremonies are permitted under the following conditions:
- Indoor services are limited to 50% the capacity of the room.
- Outdoor services are limited to the number of people who can maintain two metres distance.
- Drive-in (motor vehicle) services permitted.
- Social gatherings associated with these services must adhere to the social gathering limits:
- Indoor gatherings limited to 5 people or fewer.
- Outdoor gatherings limited to 10 people or fewer.
General Advice on Gatherings
If you are thinking about getting together with individuals outside of your household, remember:
- The safest way to celebrate an event or visit with individuals outside of your household is by gathering virtually.
- Outdoor gatherings or events are safer than indoor; however, public health measures, such as physical distancing and masking, should still be in place.
- Keep it small! Social gatherings are restricted to 5 people indoors and 10 people outdoors. Gatherings with as few guests as possible will have a lower risk of COVID-19 transmission. Even if you are friends with someone, the risk of transmitting COVID-19 still exists, and is not reduced because you know each other.
- Screen your visitors. If anyone is showing symptoms of any illness, even if symptoms are mild, they should stay home and not be allowed to attend.
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:
- 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 contract tracing purposes. Should any guest test positive for COVID-19 (using a RAT or PCR), you will be required to contact all guests and inform them of any potential exposure. You may also be required to share your guest list with the Health Unit. 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
- Be prepared to give your name and contact information, show proof of vaccine, and complete a covid screening tool when you arrive at your event.
- If you are required to show proof of vaccination to attend the event, remember to bring acceptable copies of your vaccination receipts and identification.
- If you are asked to complete a covid screening tool, make sure you do it a few minutes before leaving for the event. If your health changes, do not attend.
- Do not attend if you have any symptoms, even if mild.
- If you are gathering with people from multiple households, you should physically distance and wear a face covering. In any setting, if you feel it is right for you, you can wear a mask and maintain physical distance.
- 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.
Outdoor Activities and Events
- Outdoor social gatherings should have no more than 10 people from the same group. This limit does not apply to general attendance at public events, such as visiting outdoor light displays.
- Avoid crowds, and do not congregate or linger.
- If attending a drive-in or drive-through event, wear a face covering and open car windows if driving in a vehicle with others from outside of your household.
- Those who are able to travel may feel safe because of they are fully vaccinated; however, residents should be reminded that travelling involves higher risk.
- If you are travelling outside of Canada, be sure to stay up-to-date with what will be required at your destination and when you re-enter Canada.
- Those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated should avoid all non-essential travel.
Remember! The best way to protect yourself and others is to follow public health measures, get vaccinated, and stay home if you are not feeling well.