Social Gathering Limits Adopted Across Ontario

In light of the rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases, the lower limits that previously applied to Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa, will now apply in every region of Ontario.

The limit on the number of people allowed to attend an unmonitored social gathering or organized public event is:

  • 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).

Combined indoor and outdoor events and gatherings with 25 people outside and 10 people inside are not allowed.

The new restrictions are effective immediately, and apply to events or gatherings held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas. The lower limits will not impact events or gatherings 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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