COVID-19: Socializing and Gatherings


As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, a State of Emergency and Provincewide Stay-at-Home Order are in effect until May 19, 2021.This puts in place shutdown measures to help to stop the rapid transmission of COVID-19 variants in communities, protect hospital capacity and save lives. Visit the Current Level page for more details.

All Ontarians are advised to only come in close contact with people living in their own household and to maintain 2 metres of physical distance from everyone else. Individuals who live alone may consider having exclusive close contact with one other household.

Parents/caregivers are reminded not to have their children interact in-person with others outside of their household, other than attending school or child care. This is not the time for any in-person gatherings, including birthday parties, dinners or sleepovers.


Gathering Limits

Limits for all organized public events and social gatherings:

  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings, and organized public events are not allowed, except with members of the same household.
  • Those who live alone may consider exclusive close contact with only one other household.

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: Maximum of 10 people.
  • Outdoors: Maximum of 10 people. 

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.


Additional Resources

Last Updated: 03/05/2021