Indoor Gatherings Guidance

This guideline applies to any indoor gathering in a private dwelling, including apartments and condominiums, which include members from different households.  Shared common areas in apartment buildings and condominiums are also included in this guideline.

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.

Measures required for all indoor gatherings in a private dwelling that includes members from different households:

  • Follow indoor gathering limits:
    • Phase 1, May 1 – May 21: Members of the same household may gather indoors with up to 5 other individuals from different households,
    • Phase 2, May 22 – June 11: Members of the same household may gather indoors with up to 5 other individuals from different households,
    • Phase 3, June 12 - TBD: Potential for indoor gatherings to include up to 15 individuals from different households.
  • Maintain physical distancing of two metres (six feet) between members from different households, and avoid activities that involve physical contact.
  • Individuals from different households should travel separately to indoor gatherings.
  • 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.
  • Persons from different households must not share equipment for recreational purposes, including but not limited to toys, dice, cards, board game pieces, video game controllers, and indoor 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.
  • Sleepovers between children and adults of different households (excluding co-parenting arrangements) are not permitted.
  • Keep a log of interactions to self-monitor and to facilitate contact tracing should a case of COVID-19 be detected.

Additional measures in shared common areas in apartment buildings and condominiums:

  • Follow indoor gathering limits, as above, for each separate indoor 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 and TV rooms.
  • 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.
  • Fitness rooms are to remain closed through Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Renew PEI Together plan.
  • Indoor gatherings may not be held in hallways, stairwells, foyers, laundry facilities, and other pass-through or utilitarian areas and rooms.
Published date: 
May 13, 2020
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