Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings Guidance

This guideline applies to any indoor and outdoor gathering of members from different households, including gatherings on private property or in outdoor recreation areas like trails, parks, playgrounds, beaches, outdoor gyms, and any other outdoor recreation space.

Measures required in all outdoor gatherings including members from different households:

Follow limits for outdoor gatherings

Phase # 2 to May 31, 2020

Members of the same household may gather outdoors with up to 10 other individuals from different households:

  • Maintain physical distancing of two metres (six feet) between members from different households, and avoid activities that involve physical contact.
  • If sharing food, do not serve buffet style and do not share utensils.
  • Do not share common hand-held objects, including, but not limited to, frisbees, baseball bats and balls, hockey sticks, playground equipment, and outdoor gym equipment.
  • Do not serve buffet-style meals.
  • Persons from different households must not share equipment for recreational purposes, including but not limited to soccer balls, basketballs, badminton birdies and tennis balls, hockey sticks, toys, and outdoor gym equipment.
  • Do not join a gathering if you are sick.
  • Take extra precautions if you are at increased risk, especially those who are aged 65 years and older, have a compromised immune system, and/or have underlying medical conditions.

Additional measures in large, shared outdoor recreational spaces including trails, parks, and beaches:

  • Follow outdoor gathering limits as above.
  • Avoid ‘ganging up’ with other individuals or groups if it would bring you over the outdoor gathering limit.
  • When encountering other individuals or groups, maintain physical distancing at all times.

Measures and limits for slightly larger gatherings

Phase #3 beginning June 1, 2020

Guidance for slightly larger indoor and outdoor gatherings of no more than 15 people indoor, and 20 people outdoors from different households. This applies to personal gatherings (large families having visitors or playing frisbee in the park) and organized gatherings such as worship services, organized sports and recreation, events including weddings, funerals, burials, and graduations.

  • Physical distancing with individuals who are not part of one’s household must still be maintained.
  • For hosts/organizers, the ability to ensure individuals are physically distancing must be carefully considered, including whether the consumption of alcohol or cannabis will be involved.
  • Use virtual, video, or teleconferencing technology to engage people from home wherever possible.
  • Take extra precautions if you are at increased risk, especially those who are aged 65 years and older, have a compromised immune system, and/or have underlying medical conditions, or organizing a gathering where individuals at increased risk may be present.
  • At this time, gatherings may not include choirs or bands involving singing or wind and brass instruments (unless only members of the same household are present); one designated singer or one wind or brass instrumentalist may sing or play music provided there is a minimum 12 feet distance from everyone else.
  • Vigorous vocalization should be avoided when closer than 12 feet distance from other individuals (e.g. shouting, cheering).
  • Limit shared equipment among individuals from different households (e.g. soccer ball, outdoor playground equipment). Should anything be shared, take precautions such as hand hygiene, no one participating who is ill, and sanitize shared items regularly.
  • Re-use of items that cannot be easily cleaned and sanitized should be avoided.
  • Travelling with people from different households to organized gatherings is not recommended at this time.

This guidance does not apply to:

  • Retailers – see Retail Operations Guidelines
  • Restaurants – see Food Premises Guidance
  • Fitness facilities, gyms, and libraries, except for group classes or gatherings on those premises
  • Drive-in events
  • Individual use of public spaces like beaches or parks, and
  • Schools, child care facilities and day camps.

Core measures for organized gatherings

Additional measures for organized gatherings, coordinated by businesses, services, or organizations:

  • Develop an operational plan detailing methods to mitigate transmission of disease.
  • Take every reasonable step to ensure physical distancing (including organizers and/or members of the public) of two metres (six feet) between each other.
  • Take every reasonable step required to prevent organizers and/or participants who are required to self-isolate from entering workplaces or other gathering spaces.
  • Develop and follow an exclusion policy that ensures symptomatic organizers and/or participants are immediately excluded from event activities.
  • Ensure enhanced cleaning and disinfection of shared areas and surfaces.
  • Ensure hand washing stations or hand sanitizing products are available and accessible.
  • Where washroom access is provided:
    • Ensure hand washing stations or hand sanitizing products are available for use, and re –stocked as needed,
    • Frequent cleaning and disinfection must take place throughout the gathering, and
    • Consider limiting the number of available stalls and urinals to discourage overcrowding in washrooms.
  • The number of individuals permitted to gather include any staff/organizers/volunteers and spectators present supporting the gathering.
  • For facilities built to accommodate different activities at the same time and/or that contain separate rooms or clearly defined spaces, the possibility of more than one gathering simultaneously exists, an operational plan would be required to be submitted to the CPHO for review. The operational plan would need to consider no mixing of the groups, no shared staff, staggering entrance and exit of groups, and any shared spaces.
  • Organizers must record, at minimum, the name and phone number of one person per household and the number of individuals from the household present. The organizers must keep these records for one (1) month for contact tracing purposes.
  • Print and post signage outlining policies and procedures such as:
    • Physical distancing expectations,
    • Hand hygiene,
    • Respiratory etiquette (coughing and sneezing), and
    • Cleaning and disinfection practices and expectations.
  • Print and post signage to notify individuals that they should not attend if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

Additional considerations

Personal gatherings

These recommendations apply to any personal gathering in a private dwelling, including apartments and condominiums, or in a public space, which include members from different households, not associated with a business, service or organization.  

  • You may extend your household unit by one or two members who are important to supporting your household or who you feel may need closer contact and support.  This guideline does not apply to these one or two individuals who effectively become an extended part of your household.
  • Do not have visitors if a member of your household is in self-isolation.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces in shared spaces like bathrooms, kitchens, and living rooms before and after a gathering.
  • Ensure visitors have access to a hand sanitizer that contains 60%-80% alcohol or the ability to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If sharing food, do not serve buffet style and do not share utensils.
  • Avoid or modify activities that involve physical contact.
  • Do not join or host a gathering if you are sick.
  • Sleepovers between children and adults of different households (excluding co-parenting arrangements) are not recommended.
  • Keep a log of interactions to self-monitor and to facilitate contact tracing should a case of COVID-19 be detected.

Shared common areas in apartment buildings and condominiums

  • Follow gathering limits, as above, for each separate common area.
  • A common area includes any space identified as a common gathering area for purposes of socialization and/or recreation, including, but not limited to, games rooms, TV rooms and outdoor picnic areas.
  • Indoor common areas should only be opened if indoor gathering limits can be maintained and the space can be sanitized between each use.  If this isn’t feasible, indoor common areas should remain closed.
  • Gatherings may not be held in hallways, stairwells, foyers, laundry facilities, and other pass-through or utilitarian areas and rooms.

Large, shared outdoor recreational spaces including trails, parks and beaches

  • Each group of individuals must follow outdoor gathering limits.
  • Avoid “ganging up” with other individuals or groups if it would bring you over the outdoor gathering limit.
  • When encountering other individuals or groups, maintain physical distancing at all times.

 

Published date: 
May 29, 2020
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