Covid-19 Current Status, shutdown province wide

COVID-19 – Social Gatherings, Holidays, & Events

Lasted Edited/Reviewed: 8:43 a.m., January 14, 2021

As of January 12, 2021 the Province of Ontario has announced tighter restrictions in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. As part of the new restrictions, the Province has issued a “stay at home order”. People should only go out only for essential trips, such as to pick up groceries or go to medical appointments. By implementing these measures and asking everyone to stay home, we can stay safe and save lives. Click here to read more about the measures that will take effect. We are in the process of reviewing the changes and will update our website shortly.

Safest Social Gathering Practices

Social Gathering Limits

Weddings & Funerals

Meeting & Event Spaces

Safest Social Gathering Practices

We are pausing social circles in Ontario.

As of 12:01 a.m. on December 26, a provincewide shutdown will come into effect for all of Ontario to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This shutdown will affect the entire Peterborough Public Health region and will stay in effect for 28 days (up to and including January 23, 2021). The shutdown will include maximum public health measures and widespread closures. Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not permitted during the shutdown except with members of the same household.

During the provincewide shutdown:

  • A ‘stay-at-home’ order is in place, Ontarians must stay home to the fullest extent possible
  • Trips outside of the home should be limited and only for essential purposes (for example: accessing health care and medication, grocery shopping, child care, walking pets when required, outdoor physical activity, and work where it is not possible to work from home).
  • Face coverings should be tightly fitted to cover the nose, mouth and chin.
  • Travel outside of your region or the province should be limited to only essential purposes.
  • Practice physical distancing of at least two metres with those outside your household.
  • Wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so; and
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly; and follow gathering limits and rules.
  • Do not go anywhere when you are sick or even feel mildly ill.  Always use the online self-assessment tool and follow the prompts.

Social Gathering Limits

Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not permitted except with members of the same household. Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with):

  • Families must not visit any other household or allow visitors in their homes
  • Individuals who live alone may consider having exclusive, close contact with one other household
  • Virtual gatherings or events are the safest way to recognize occasions with people outside of your household, especially during the holiday season.

If meeting outdoors, gatherings must be limited to a maximum of 5 people, physical distancing must be maintained between members of different households and a face covering must be worn when physical distancing is a challenge.


Weddings, Funerals, and Similar Gatherings

Individuals may attend, in-person, an organized public event, social gathering or a gathering for the purposes of a wedding, a funeral or a religious service, rite or ceremony. A maximum of 10 people may be in attendance and individuals must comply with public health guidance on physical distancing and face coverings.

Gathering limits are enforceable by the police. Please contact Peterborough Police Service non-emergency line: 705-876-1122 or Ontario Provincial Police non-emergency line: 1-888-310-1122.

Meeting & Event Spaces

This includes banquet halls and other commercial spaces.

For the duration of the shutdown, meeting and events spaces may not be rented out for the purposes of social gatherings, including but not limited to weddings, funerals, religious services, rites or ceremonies.

Meeting and event spaces may be rented out for the following purposes:

  • For the purpose of a childcare centre or authorized recreational and skill building program within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014;
  • For the purpose of the provision of social services;
  • For the purpose of delivering or supporting the delivery of court services;
  • For operations by or on behalf of a government;
  • For the purpose of delivering or supporting the delivery of government services; or
  • For the purpose of delivering or supporting mental health support services or addictions support services, so long as no more than ten people are permitted to occupy the rented space.

If meeting and event spaces are rented out for the purposes mentioned above, business operators must ensure the name and contact information of every member of the public who is in attendance is recorded, these records must be maintained for at least one month.