Holidays, Celebrations, and Observances 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, and visits to neighbours and other households.

Holiday Gatherings

Personal Gatherings

  • Personal gatherings must take place at a person’s home or in a public outdoor area (e.g. a park or trail).
  • Personal gatherings of family and friends are permitted up to a maximum of 50 people.
  • Personal gatherings do not require an operational plan.
  • Proof-of-vaccination is not required for personal gatherings.  Find out more at PEI Vax Pass Program.

Organized Gatherings

  • Proof-of-vaccination is required for certain most organized gatherings.  All operators of organized gatherings must determine if proof-of-vaccination is required under the PEI Vax Pass Program.  
  • Organized gatherings must follow the Public Health Measures Guidance.

Workplace Christmas and Holiday Parties

  • Workplace Christmas and holiday parties are considered organized gatherings and must follow appropriate measures as noted above.
  • Workplace gatherings that are held within the workplace with staff and employees who work regularly with each other are exempt from the PEI Vax Pass program, the activity requires an operational plan or must be addressed in an operational plan, and non Vax Pass public health measures apply.
  • Workplace gatherings that are held at an outside venue (for example, a restaurant, hotel, or other place of business) are subject to the PEI Vax Pass program.
  • Workplace gatherings that are held within the workplace but that include more than 50 staff, or that include staff who may not work regularly together, are subject to the PEI Vax Pass program.

Santa Claus Photos at Markets and Malls

  • Santa Claus photo events at markets, malls, and other retail operations are not subject to the PEI Vax Pass program, unless Santa Claus is visiting an event or activity already subject to the PEI Vax Pass program.  
  • Santa and children should maintain physical distancing and wear non-medical masks.
  • Physical distancing should be maintained in line-ups to meet Santa.
  • Records for contact tracing are not required.

Santa Claus Visits to Homes and Long-term Care/Community Care Facilities

  • When dropping off gifts to homes, Santa and his helpers should maintain physical distancing and drop gifts off outdoors.
  • When visiting long-term care and community care facilities, Santa and his helpers must follow the guidance for visitors and entertainment coming to the facility.  Organizers should connect with individual facilities to determine requirements.
Published date: 
November 26, 2021
Health and Wellness

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DeptHW@gov.pe.ca