Gathering limits have been removed for all social gatherings, organized public events and social gatherings associated with a wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony, such as a wedding or funeral reception.
Even without gathering limits, everyone is encouraged to be mindful that some people may need time to adjust to the pandemic recovery phase. It is important to be patient and respectful of people who are not yet comfortable being in close proximity or gathering with others.
General Guidance for Gathering with Others
- Receive all doses of COVID-19 vaccine you are eligible for 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 infection prevention strategies.
- Everyone is encouraged to continue wearing a well-fitted high-quality mask in indoor settings for now. This is especially important in places that may be crowded, poorly ventilated or where you will have close contact with others, as well as for those who are more vulnerable to illness and their household members.
- Virtual gatherings and events are the safest way to get together, especially if people in the group are at higher risk of severe illness.
- Gatherings or events outdoors are safer than indoors.
- When indoors, keep spaces well-ventilated (i.e. open windows) and ensure the air system is working properly. Using HEPA filters in the HVAC system or in stand-alone air purification units can also be helpful.
- 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.
- COVID-19 Prevention and Risks - Health Canada
- Public Health Guidance on Traditional Gatherings - Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority