COVID-19: Socializing and Gatherings

    Guidance for In-Person Gatherings

    When gathering outdoors with: 

    • A group of fully vaccinated individuals, masks and physical distancing is not necessary. 
    • People from multiple households who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or vaccination status is unknown, you should consider wearing a mask if physical distancing cannot be maintained. 

    When gathering indoors with: 

    • A group of fully vaccinated individuals, you may consider removing your mask if everyone is comfortable. 
    • People from multiple households who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or status is unknown, you should wear a mask and maintain physical distancing. 

    Regardless of setting, you can wear a mask and physically distance if you feel it is right for you, especially if you or others are immunocompromised or at higher risk of severe disease and/or exposure to COVID-19.


    Gathering Limits

    Limits for all organized public events and social gatherings:

    • Indoors: Maximum of 25 people.
    • Outdoors: Maximum of 100 people.

    Capacity for religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services where physical distancing can be maintained (applies in any venue other than a private dwelling):

    • Indoors and Outdoors: Capacity is limited to the number of people that can safely maintain a physical distancing of 2 metres from others.

    More information on rules that apply to social gatherings associated with a wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony, such as a wedding reception, can be found on the Places of Worship, Weddings and Funerals page.


    General Guidance

    • Become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as you are able. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to help protect yourself, your loved ones and your community from the spread of COVID-19.
    • Stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild.
    • Follow all infection prevention strategies.
    • Virtual gatherings or events are the safest way to get together, especially if people in the group are unvaccinated or if their vaccination status is unknown.
    • Gatherings or events outdoors are safer than indoors.
    • The fewer people who gather, the lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
    • It is important to remember that knowing someone does not reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.


    Additional Resources

    Last Updated: 25/10/2021