Fall Holidays and Celebrations Guidance
This guideline applies to personal and organized events related to upcoming holidays, religious festivals, and celebrations that typically feature gatherings of family and friends, shared food, and visits to neighbours and other households.
Thanksgiving, Halloween, Yom Kippur, etc.
- Personal gatherings of up to 20 people are permitted following the Gatherings Guidance, without an operational plan required.
- Organized gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted following the Gatherings Guidance, with an operational Plan detailing how risk of transmission of COVID-19 will be mitigated in place.
- Organized gatherings of more than 50 people are permitted if people are kept in separate cohorts of 50 following the Multiple Gatherings Guidance, with an operational plan that has been submitted to and approved by the Chief Public Health Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Physical distancing of 2m/6ft between individuals from different households should be maintained.
- Non-medical masks are strongly recommended when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- Food can be prepared and served at gatherings, provided serving utensils are not shared.
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection is required in high traffic areas and high-touch surfaces (shared washrooms, doorknobs, kitchens, tables, chairs, countertops, faucets, etc.).
- Hand-washing and/or hand sanitizer is readily available.
- Individuals who are sick are discouraged from attending.
Halloween Trick-or-Treating: October 31
- Door-to-door trick-or-treating may take place with precautions in place.
- Children should only visit households in their neighbourhood and/or apartment building and people they know.
- No contact treat pick-up options are recommended, such as treats placed on a table or other surface that can be easily cleaned and disinfected.
- No option of taking treats out of a communal treat bowl should be provided.
- If handing out treats:
- make sure you wash your hands, avoid touching your face and you should wear a non-medical mask
- treats should be handled by a single person in the household to minimize the number of people in contact with the treats.
- You are not permitted to hand out treats or go trick-or-treating if you have to self-isolate.
- Do not hand out treats or go trick-or-treating if you are sick.
- Please be respectful of households who may not wish to participate this year. If the lights are off, skip that household.
- If the doorstep of a household is crowded, move on or wait until the group leaves.