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 of household plus 10 people maximum

  • The 10 people should be kept consistent

  • Remember:

    • Small gatherings are lower risk than large gatherings

    • Outdoor activities are lower risk than indoor activities

    • Keep your circle of contacts small

Organized Gatherings

  • Proof-of-vaccination is required for 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 Temporary Public Health Measures currently in place.

Workplace Christmas and Holiday Parties

  • The Chief Public Health Office advises against hosting in-person workplace gatherings at this time.

  • If workplace gatherings are held:

    • 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 10 staff, or that include staff who may not work regularly together, are subject to the PEI Vax Pass program.

    • Masks must be worn in all areas of workplaces where physical distancing cannot be achieved (unless there would be a safety issue associate with wearing the mask).  This includes during workplace holiday gatherings.

    • Masks may only be removed indoors while seated and actively eating/drinking.

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 must maintain physical distancing and wear masks.
  • Physical distancing must 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 must maintain physical distancing and drop gifts off outdoors.
  • Masks must be worn at all times when dropping off gifts to homes and long-term care/community care facilities.  Masks must be worn when indoors.
  • 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.

New Year’s Day Levees and New Year’s Eve Gatherings

  • The Chief Public Health Office advises against hosting any New Year’s Day levees and New Year’s Eve gatherings.
  • New Year’s Day levees and gatherings are high risk events that include close contact between multiple individuals as well as shared food and drink.
  • Any group, individual, or organization that chooses to host a New Year’s Day levee must hold the event as a PEI Vax Pass event.  All attendees must present proof-of-vaccination as per the PEI Vax Pass program, and follow Temporary Public Health Measures currently in place.
Published date: 
December 22, 2021
Health and Wellness

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Phone: 902-368-6414
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DeptHW@gov.pe.ca