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:
- 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:
- convention centres or banquet halls
- recreational sporting or performing art events
- religious services, rites or ceremonies
Religious Service, Ceremony or Rite
|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|
Note: Table adapted from Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Checklist for Planning a Wedding
Resources and guidance
- COVID-19 Checklist for Special Events & Gatherings
- COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurants & Others Food Premises
- Guidance for Garage or Yard Sales
- COVID-19 Guidance for Churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, other faith settings or places of worship
- Getting married during coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions (Ontario)
- Going out: Personal and social activities during the COVID-19 pandemic (Public Health Agency of Canada)
- Going Out? Do it Safely! (Public Health Agency of Canada)
- Hosting small gatherings (Public Health Agency of Canada)
- Public Health Agency of Canada: Risk Mitigation Tool for Gatherings and Events Operating During the COVID-19 Pandemic