COVID-19: Socializing and Gatherings


The Ontario government has returned regions to the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and OpenTBDHU is currently in the "Red - Control" level. For more details, visit the Current Level page.

All Ontarians are advised to only come in close contact with people living in their own household and to maintain at least 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, however it is suggested to avoid all social gatherings:

  • 5 people indoors
  • 25 people outdoors

Limits 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):

  • 30% capacity of the room indoors
  • 100 people outdoors

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.

If meeting for permitted organized public events or social gatherings with individuals outside of your household:

  • Maintain physical distancing at all times.
  • Wear a mask/face covering:
    • indoors, any time you are within 2 metres of someone outside your household.
    • outdoors whenever you are with someone outside of your household, especially if you are within two metres.
    • any time physical distancing cannot be maintained.
    • if wearing one is required.


Additional Resources

Last Updated: 23/02/2021