COVID-19 – Social & Family Gatherings

Last Reviewed/Updated: 9:08 a.m., June 11, 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. Indoor and outdoor gathering limits still require individuals who are not from the same household to keep 2-metres distance apart.

Social gathering requirements 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,
  • limit close contact to your household (the people you live with), and
  • avoid travel in and outside Ontario, except for essential reasons.

Individuals who live alone may consider having exclusive, close contact with one other household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation.

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.

COVID-19 Measures to keep you safe:

  • Maintain a physical distance of at least 2-metres (6 feet) from others who are not in your household
  • Wear a mask or face covering that is tightly fitted and covers your mouth, nose and chin where physical distancing is a challenge and where masks and face coverings are mandated to be worn.
  • Wearing a mask or face covering is recommended outdoors when you can’t physically distance from others outside of your household.
  • Stay home if you feel sick or unwell. Use Ontario’s Online COVID-19 Assessment Tool to help determine if you need further care.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60-90% alcohol) when your hands are not visibly soiled.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly, use a disinfectant that is approved by Health Canada and has a Drug Identification Number (DIN) or a Natural Product Number (NPN). Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions when using disinfectants. Health Canada maintains a list of disinfectants with evidence for use against COVID-19.

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