COVID-19 – Meeting & Event Spaces
Last Reviewed/Updated: 9:21 a.m., June 11, 2021
On this page:
- Guidance for Facility Owners
- Guidance for Organizers of Meetings and Events (renters of facilities)
- Guidance for Attendees at Meeting and Event Facilities
- Meeting and Event Spaces – gathering limits and other rules for Step 1
- Frequently Asked Questions for Meeting and Event Spaces
- Health Canada: Risk mitigation tool for gatherings and events operating during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Health Canada: Going Out? Do it Safely!
Meeting and Event Space facility owners and operators have a responsibility to ensure that these spaces are safe for staff and all users. Use these following resources:
- A Safety Plan is required to be developed and posted before the meeting or event space can be used (I.e. how will you control what happens in the space, what cleaning products are used, etc.)
- A safety plan is also required from each person or group that uses or rents your space, as the needs of each person or group will be different
- If your facility is hosting a wedding, review the Peterborough Public Health Wedding Planning Checklist
- Event Planning During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety checklist
- Peterborough Public Health’s COVID-19 Response Level
- You will need to know what level we are in to adjust capacity limits, hours of operation, and activities offered at your facility
- Ontario Roadmap to Reopening – Government of Ontario
- Details what activities are permitted in each level of the response
- Guidance for meeting and event facilities during COVID-19 – Government of Ontario
- A Safety Plan is required to be developed and posted before you welcome your guests to your meeting or event (I.e. how will you use the space, screen your guests, ensure capacity limits are adhered to, etc.)
- Review the Peterborough Public Health Guidance for Meeting and Event Spaces
- Watch Peterborough Public Health’s Webinar: Safely Hosting, organizing or attending a meeting or event during COVID-19
- Review the meeting and gathering limits and other associated rules for Step 1 to ensure your event is safe
- Please note, that only members of the same household may sit together at a meeting or event that serves food
- If you are planning a wedding, please review the Peterborough Public Health Wedding Planning Checklist
Even if there is no longer a stay-at-home order in your area, staying home is still the best way to protect yourself and others. You are strongly advised to:
- stay home as much as possible
- avoid social gatherings
- limit close contacts to your household
- download the COVID Alert mobile app
To ensure the safety of all public spaces, attendees should:
- Stay home if you are sick
- Not gather with people outside your household
- Wear a face covering/mask at all times when indoors (with limited exceptions)
- Wear a face covering/mask when it is difficult to maintain 2 metres physical distance outdoors
- Avoid crowded places, and try to visit when the event when it is less busy
- Step aside or pass others quickly and courteously if encountering others in the hallways, etc.
- Wash or sanitize your hands often and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. Avoid travel except for essential reasons.
Travel between regions will greatly increase the potential for spikes in community spread and undo all the progress we have made. You should avoid travelling between regions, except for essential reasons.
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly advises that travel out of the province should be limited to essential purposes only.
Individuals and families who consider travelling to another province for essential reasons during the holidays should:
- consider the risk associated with travelling – this includes COVID-19 transmission in the other province, entry requirements (for example, quarantine) of some other provinces
- self-quarantine, or drastically reduce close contact with others 10 to 14 days before travelling and after returning home, to help lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19
- follow general public health advice, rules and regulations of Ontario and the other province
Current Restrictions for Step 1
Closed for meetings and events (limited exceptions, for example child care, mental health and addiction support services).
Information about provincial plans for Steps 1, 2, and 3 can be found here.