Multiple Gatherings Guidance

This guideline applies to owners and operators of businesses, services or organizations that operate in facilities (indoor or outdoor) with separate rooms or large spaces that can accommodate more than one gathering at a time.

Larger organized gatherings such as sports and recreation, day camps, weddings, funerals, burials and worship services are permitted to have up to three cohorts of no more than 50 people indoor or outdoor.

Multiple Gatherings (Indoor)

  1. Multiple gatherings are permitted within an indoor facility at the same time provided groups are kept separate, do not mix, and the following conditions are met:
    1. Multiple indoor gatherings are only permitted in facilities:
      1. With separate rooms; or
      2. With large open spaces (e.g. gymnasium), which are separated by a clear demarcation between groups (such as with a rope, a line of coloured flags, or a chalk line to establish clear boundaries) to restrict mixing (“indoor zone”).
    2. Within each room or indoor zone, groups of 50 persons or less are permitted provided two-metres of distancing between each member of the group or household can be maintained.
    3. Indoor zones in large open spaces must be separated by at least 3.5 metres (12 feet).
    4. Entry and exit points, hallways and common areas, facilities such as washrooms and change rooms, cannot be shared by multiple groups occupying the facility at the same time, unless the following measures are in place:
      1. Staggered entry and exit times are in place for groups; or
      2. Where separate washrooms or change rooms for groups are not possible,
        1. Option A: A dedicated attendant is available to monitor use and ensure physical distancing and hand hygiene is maintained, OR
        2. Option B:
          1. Ensure hand washing stations or hand sanitizing products are available for use, and re –stocked as needed,
          2. Frequent cleaning and disinfection,
          3. Consider limiting the number of available stalls and urinals to discourage overcrowding in washrooms, and
          4. Strongly recommend individuals wear a non-medical mask.
    5. If staff, volunteers or instructors are involved in the activities, they form part of the group they are working with and should not mix with other groups, where at all reasonably possible. If they must mix, they must ensure to be physically distant at all times from individuals OR if the potential for brief interaction within six feet exists, they must wear a non-medical mask.
    6. Common areas or central rooms cannot be used to host a gathering if persons from other groups will be travelling through the space, unless a separation zone of 3.5 metres (12 feet) can be maintained between the gathering and any other individuals moving through the space.
  2. Facilities hosting multiple gatherings cannot exceed 50 persons in total across all gatherings at one time, without prior approval of the Chief Public Health Officer. 
  3. Facilities hosting multiple gatherings involving between 50 and 150 persons require prior approval of the Chief Public Health Officer. As of August 18, multiple gatherings cannot exceed 150 persons in total across all gatherings.
  4. Pre-approval of operational plans is  required for operational plans which involve multiple gatherings involving more than 50 persons across all gatherings at one time. Owners and operators of facilities must submit the operational plan to the Chief Public Health Office (envhealth@ihis.org (link sends e-mail) including a description of how it will ensure the above directives are followed.

Multiple Gatherings (Outdoor)

  1. Multiple gatherings are permitted within an outdoor facility at the same time provided groups are kept separate, do not mix and the following requirements are met:
    1. Multiple gatherings are only permitted in outdoor facilities (e.g. soccer field) with a clear demarcation between groups (such as with a rope, a line of colored flags, or a chalk line to establish clear boundaries) to restrict mixing (“outdoor zone”);
    2. Within each outdoor zone, groups of 50 persons or less are permitted provided two-metres of distancing between each member of the group or household can be maintained. 
    3. Outdoor zones must be separated by at least 3.5 metres (12 feet).
    4. Entry and exit points, hallways and common areas, facilities such as washrooms and change rooms, cannot be shared by multiple groups occupying the facility at the same time, unless the following measures are in place:
      1. Staggered entry and exit times are in place for groups; or
      2. Where separate washrooms or change rooms for groups are not possible,
        1. Option A: A dedicated attendant is available to monitor use and ensure physical distancing and hand hygiene is maintained, OR
        2. Option B:
          1. Ensure hand washing stations or hand sanitizing products are available for use, and re –stocked as needed,
          2. Frequent cleaning and disinfection,
          3. Consider limiting the number of available stalls and urinals to discourage overcrowding in washrooms, and
          4. Strongly recommend individuals wear a non-medical mask.
    5. If staff, volunteers or instructors are involved in the activities, they form part of the group they are working with and must not mix with other groups, where at all reasonably possible. If they must mix, they must ensure to be physically distant at all times from individuals OR if the potential for brief interaction within six feet exists, they must wear a non-medical mask.
  2. Facilities hosting multiple gatherings cannot exceed 50 persons in total across all gatherings at one time, without prior approval of the Chief Public Health Officer.
  3. Facilities hosting multiple gatherings involving between 50 and 150 persons require prior approval of the Chief Public Health Officer. As of August 18, multiple gatherings cannot exceed 150 persons in total across all gatherings.
  4. Owners and operators of facilities hosting multiple groups must submit an operational plan to the Chief Public Health Office (envhealth@ihis.org (link sends e-mail) including a description of how it will ensure the above directives are followed. Pre-approval is only required for operational plans which involve more than 50 persons across all gatherings at one time.

 

 

Published date: 
August 20, 2020
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