COVID-19 – Social & Family Gatherings

Last Reviewed/Updated: 9:58 a.m., October 12, 2021

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Social Gatherings, Celebrations, Family Events

Before planning or attending a social gathering, celebration, or family event, check the Current Restrictions to determine how many people can gather at this time. Check the comfortability of those planning to attend and plan accordingly.

Fall/Winter 2021 Guidance – Staying Safe  

This Fall and Winter season, we expect to have a chance to celebrate and get together once again. Gatherings have the potential to increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission, including when:

  • there are large gatherings, or public events
  • travelling domestically or internationally
  • close contact occurs in indoor settings

If you choose to host an in-person gathering:

  • Do not exceed the gathering limit of 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
  • You should have the fewest number of people possible at your party or gathering and use outdoor spaces whenever possible.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
  • Ask guests not to attend if they have symptoms
  • Track guests attending in case public health needs it for contact tracing.
  • Remind everyone of all public health guidance to follow during the event.

If you choose to serve food or drinks at your party, you should:

  • Wash your hands before and frequently during preparation and serving; and
  • Have everyone wash their hands before and after eating.

If you choose to attend an in-person gathering:

  • You should not attend if you have any symptoms, even if they are mild.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer regularly throughout the event.
  • Consider participating virtually or not attending the event if you are immunocompromised or at higher risk of severe disease and/or exposure to COVID-19.

Social gathering recommendations for all COVID-19 Roadmap to Reopening Steps:

Staying home and avoiding social gatherings is still the best way to protect yourself and others. Everyone is strongly advised to:

  • follow public health advice,
  • Stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
  • Seek testing if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you’ve been identified as a high-risk contact by public health.
  • avoid travel in and outside Ontario, except for essential reasons.

Connect virtually or by phone: Consider alternatives to meeting in person, such as holding events and gatherings virtually or by phone. Virtual gatherings are a safe way to visit and recognize occasions with people from outside of your household while limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Review the COVID-19 measures to keep you safe.