Ontario Reduces the Social Gathering Size Limit in Toronto, Peel Region, and Ottawa

See update posted September 21, 2020

In response to a surge in new COVID-19 cases, Ontario is rolling back social gathering limits in Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa to 10 people indoors (previous limit of 50) and 20 people outdoors (previous limit of 100). The new restrictions take effect on September 18, 2020 at 12:01 am, and apply to unmonitored social gatherings and organized public events held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas.

The lower limits will not impact gatherings or events held in staffed businesses and facilities, including bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres or banquet halls, gyms, and recreational sporting or performing art events.

The province is also proposing a minimum fine of $10, 000 for organizers of large gatherings, in addition to the $750 fine for individuals who attend the parties.

If you have any questions about this matter, other COVID-19 related issues, or would like any other workplace law assistance, please contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer, or refer to the Firm’s COVID-19 website resources.

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