New Changes to Social Circles – Effective October 3rd
Note: This page will be updated as more details become available
Effective Saturday, October 3rd, the Government of Ontario has requested a pause on social circles. The province is advising all Ontarians allow close contact only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physical distancing from everyone else. Individuals who live alone may consider having close contact with another household.
For additional information please read the provincial announcement.
Prevent the Spread
New Limits for Unmonitored Gatherings- Effective Sept. 19th
The Ontario government limited the size of unmonitored and private social gatherings across the province. New limits for unmonitored private social gatherings:
- 10 people at an indoor event or gathering (previous limit of 50); or
- 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering (previous limit of 100).
Indoor and outdoor events and gatherings cannot be merged together. Gatherings of 35 (25 outdoors and 10 indoors) are not permitted. For additional information, visit the provincial reopening website.
Monitored gatherings may continue to operate at the initial Stage 3 gathering limits.
- Indoor monitored gatherings are limited to a maximum of 50 people
- Outdoor monitored gatherings are limited to a maximum of 100 people
- See FAQs for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
• All social gatherings and events, as well as some higher risk activities and venues.
The new gathering limits apply to social gatherings in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas. This includes:
• wedding receptions
The new limits do not apply to events or gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities because they must already follow specific public health and safety guidelines to minimize risk and limit the spread of COVID-19. They include:
• convention centres or banquet halls
• recreational sporting or performing art events
• religious services, rites or ceremonies
Monitored gatherings may continue to operate at the initial Stage 3 gathering limits:
• Indoor monitored gatherings are limited to a maximum of 50 people
• Outdoor monitored gatherings are limited to a maximum of 100 people
• Gathering limits do not apply to select settings such as restaurants and bars, but measures to enable physical distancing may limit capacity at any given time.
• Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, and wedding ceremonies or funeral services, can continue to operate at 30 per cent room capacity
• This web page provides general guidance on gathering restrictions. For additional details, visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-stages#gathering-changes
• People at their place of work, including performers and crews, do not count towards gathering limits.
• Indoor gathering limits apply to events that are fully or partially indoors. Indoor events and gatherings cannot be combined with an outdoor event or gathering to increase the applicable gathering size.
- Social Gatherings and Tips for COVID-Safer Indoor Gatherings – Lambton Public Health
- How to Practice Physical Distancing – Public Health Agency of Canada
- COVID-19: Physical Distancing Video – Public Health Agency of Canada
- Physical Distancing Fact Sheet – Lambton Public Health
- Reduce your risk – Grocery and Retail Stores (infographic) – Lambton Public Health
- Reduce your risk – Office Settings (infographic) – Lambton Public Health
- Reduce your risk – Outdoor and Public Spaces (infographic) – Lambton Public Health
- Reduce your risk – Takeout and Delivery (infographic) – Lambton Public Health
- Poster for Physical Distancing – Lambton Public Health