Green – preventyellow – protect and orange – restrict regions

Follow the legal gathering limits for organized public events and social gatherings

  • Under the regulation:
    • Limits for certain organized public events and social gatherings such as functions, parties, dinners, or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks where physical distancing can be maintained are:
      • 10 people indoors
      • 25 people outdoors
  • The limits apply to gatherings in private dwellings, including houses, apartment buildings, condominium buildings and student residences
  • Organized public events and social gatherings in businesses are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, where physical distancing can be maintained
  • Indoor and outdoor limits cannot be combined to increase the limit

Always follow public health advice

  • Limit close contact to the people you live with
  • If you live alone, you may consider having exclusive, close contact with one other household
  • Keep two meters of physical distance from everyone you don’t live with, including family and friends
  • Wear a face covering inside public spaces, and outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained or if wearing one is required
  • Stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly
  • Cover your cough
  • Get tested if you have symptoms, or if you’ve been advised of exposure by your local public health unit or through the COVID Alert mobile app
  • Download the COVID Alert mobile app
  • Check with your local public health unit or municipality for additional public health measures you should follow

Social gatherings at home

If you choose to host an in-person gathering

Plan
  • Determine how many people can keep physical distancing in the space, without exceeding the gathering limit of 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors
  • Keep your gathering as small as possible and use outdoor spaces whenever possible
  • Arrange seating in advance to make sure household groups keep two meters apart at all times
  • Have sanitizing supplies available, including hand sanitizer, soap and water
  • Plan the use the of washrooms to limit your guests touching the same objects and ensure high-touch surfaces are clean (for example, clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in the washroom throughout the gathering and set out multiple hand towels)
  • Avoid potluck and buffet-style food service
  • Plan for serving and cleaning up food or drinks while maintaining physical distancing (for example, have food ready and placed at the table before guests arrive or allow guests to be in a separate room while the food is individually plated at the table and remove plates after guests have left the table)
Inform
  • Ask guests not to attend if they have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • Remind your guests of public health advice
  • Keep a list of guests and their contact information in case public health needs it for contact tracing
Keep your guests safe
  • Open windows if possible
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently
  • Remind your guests to keep two meters of physical distance, wear face covering and wash their hands often and thoroughly
  • Have food on individual plates to prevent your guests from passing and touching the same objects
  • Have everyone wash their hands before and after eating
  • Follow food safety guidelines
If you choose to join an in-person gathering
  • Do not attend if you have any symptoms, even if they are mild, or if you are in quarantine or self-isolating
  • Ask in advance what the plan is for using washrooms and providing food or drinks
  • Make sure you are not touching the same objects as the hosts or other guests (for example personal objects that belong to others or common serving utensils)
  • Keep two meters of physical distance with anyone you don’t live with
  • If you are 70 years or older, immunocompromised or have underlying medical conditions, consider staying home and participating virtually

Social gatherings at work

  • Avoid in-person workplace holiday gatherings or events. The risks associated with these events is higher, particularly if you need to remove your masks or face coverings to eat or drink
  • It is safer to celebrate the holidays with co-workers through virtual gatherings or events
  • If you choose to host or attend workplace gathering or event, follow restrictions in your region and same advice as for socializing at home

Social gatherings outside

  • Outdoor holiday gatherings (including decorating outdoors, sleigh rides, lighting ceremonies for menorahs, Christmas trees, outdoor markets, New Year’s parties, etc.) are safer than indoor gatherings
  • If you choose to participate in outdoor holiday activities:
    • stay home if you are feeling ill, even if you have mild symptoms, or if you are in quarantine or self-isolating
    • keep two metres of physical distance from anyone you don’t live with
    • wear a face covering if physical distancing cannot be maintained, or where one is required
    • avoid high-touch surfaces and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly or use hand sanitizer
  • Follow the restrictions in your region for public and private gatherings and check with your local public health unit or municipality for additional public health measures you should follow

Travelling

  • Avoid travelling unless you have to
  • If you must travel, consider the risk of COVID-19 transmission where you are going and check all rules and regulations of the other region, province or country
  • Self-quarantine or drastically reduce close contact with others for 10 to 14 days before travelling to other provinces and after returning home
  • If you travel outside of Canada, you are required by federal law to quarantine when you return to Canada, even if you do not have symptoms

Plan your stay

  • If you choose to travel, consider whether you, someone you live with or anyone you plan to visit is at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, to determine whether to stay with them overnight
  • Have a plan in place for what you will do if you or someone else becomes ill during the visit, including the plans for self-isolation, health care and travel home

If you are hosting overnight guests

  • Have sanitizing supplies available, including hand sanitizer, soap and water
  • Remind your guests to:
    • keep two meters of physical distance
    • wear face covering except for eating, drinking and sleeping
    • wash their hands often and thoroughly
  • Do not sleep in the same bedroom with overnight guests
  • Use separate washrooms, if possible
  • Spend time together outdoors, where possible
  • Avoid singing or shouting, especially indoors
  • Monitor yourself and your guests for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Have a plan for what to do if someone becomes ill, even with mild symptoms

If you are a student returning home for holidays

  • Self-quarantine or drastically reduce close contact with others for 10 to 14 days before returning home, if possible
  • If you cannot reduce close contact with others before returning home, limit close contact with others, especially seniors and individuals who are immune-compromised when you get home
  • If you are an international student, you must quarantine when you return to Canada, even if you do not have symptoms
  • If you are leaving Canada, check your home country’s testing requirements before leaving

Exchanging gifts

  • Keep two meters of physical distance from anyone you do not live with when exchanging gifts
  • Wash your hands after handling or opening gifts

Special holiday events

If you are planning to organize or attend an in-person event

  • Follow the restrictions in your region on public and private gatherings
  • Consider drive-in and drive-through events, where they are allowed

Visiting Santa Claus

  • Virtual visits are the safest way to see Santa Claus this year
  • If you choose to see Santa Claus in-person, it is safer to see him outdoors
  • In either case, you must:
    • stay home if you are feeling ill, even if you have mild symptoms, or if you are in quarantine or self-isolating
    • keep two meters of physical distance from anyone you don’t live with, including Santa and elves, even if taking a photo
    • line up two metres apart from members of other households and do not congregate or linger
    • wear a face covering indoors and outdoors, including when a photo is being taken
    • not sit on Santa’s lap or have other close contact
    • avoid high-touch surfaces and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly or use hand sanitizer

Having a play date

  • Kids should not have sleepovers with other children outside of their households, even if they are in the same class at school
  • Consider having virtual visits as a safe option for your kids to see friends

If you choose to have a play date

  • It is safer to have a play date outdoors rather than indoors
  • Make sure children and adults keep two meters of physical distance
  • Keep the gathering small and follow the restrictions in your region
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use it regularly
  • Have everyone wear a face covering, even in places where they are not required
  • Have each person or family bring their own food and drinks
  • If you are serving food or drinks, plan how to keep physical distance while serving and cleaning up food
  • Do not share utensils or other objects
  • Wash your and your children’s hands before and after eating

Red – control

Follow the legal social gathering limits for organized public events and social gatherings

  • Under the regulation:
    • Limits for all organized public events and social gatherings are:
      • 5 people indoors
      • 25 people outdoors
  • The limits apply to gatherings in a private dwellings, including houses, apartment buildings, condominium buildings and post-secondary student residences
  • Indoor and outdoor limits cannot be combined to increase the limit

Always follow public health advice

  • Limit close contacts to the people you live with
  • If you live alone, you may consider having exclusive, close contact with one other household
  • Keep two meters of physical distance from everyone you don’t live with, including family and friends
  • Wear a face covering inside public spaces, outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained or where one is required
  • Leave home only for essential reasons – work, school, groceries, pharmacy, health care, assisting vulnerable individuals or exercise and physical activity
  • Stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly
  • Cover your cough
  • Get tested if you have symptoms, or if you’ve been advised of exposure by your local public health unit or through the COVID Alert mobile app
  • Download the COVID Alert mobile app
  • Check with your local public health unit or municipality for additional public health measures you should follow

Social gatherings at home

  • Avoid in-person social gatherings
  • Do not visit any other household or allow visitors in your home
  • Stay connected through virtual gatherings or events

Social gatherings at work

  • Work remotely, wherever possible
  • Avoid in-person workplace holiday gatherings or events
  • Celebrate the holidays with co-workers through virtual gatherings or events

Social gatherings outside

  • Leave home only for essential reasons – work, school, groceries/pharmacy, health care, assisting vulnerable individuals or exercise and physical activity

Travelling

  • Avoid travelling unless you have to, including going to regions in green-prevent, yellow-protect or orange-restrict zones
  • If you must travel, consider the risk of COVID-19 transmission where you are going and check all rules and regulations of the other region, province or country
  • Self-quarantine or drastically reduce close contact with others for 10 to 14 days before travelling to other provinces and after returning home
  • If you travel outside of Canada, you are required by federal law to quarantine when you return to Canada, even if you do not have symptoms

If you are a student returning home for holidays

  • Self-quarantine or drastically reduce close contact with others for 10 to 14 days before returning home, if possible
  • If you cannot reduce close contact with others before returning home, limit close contact with others, especially seniors and individuals who are immune-compromised when you get home
  • If you are an international student, you must quarantine when you return to Canada, even if you do not have symptoms
  • If you are leaving Canada, check your home country’s testing requirements before leaving

Exchanging gifts

  • Keep two metres of physical distance from anyone you do not live with when exchanging gifts
  • Wash your hands after handling or opening gifts

Special holiday events

  • Only virtual, drive-in and drive-through events are allowed under the regulations

Having a play date

  • Kids should not have a sleepovers or playdates with other children outside of their household, even if they are in the same class at school
  • Virtual visits as a safe option for your kids to see friends

Grey – lockdown

Legal social gathering limits

  • Under the regulation:
    • Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not allowed
    • If you live alone, you may consider having exclusive, close contact with one other household
    • Outdoor organized public events and social gatherings are limited to 10 people where physical distancing can be maintained.
    • The limits apply to gatherings in private dwellings, including houses, apartment buildings, condominium buildings and post-secondary student residences

Always follow public health advice

  • Limit close contacts to the people you live with
  • Keep two meters of physical distance from everyone you don’t live with, including family and friends
  • Wear a face covering inside public spaces, and outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained or if required
  • Leave home only for essential reasons – work, school, groceries/pharmacy, health care, assisting vulnerable individuals, or exercise and physical activity outdoor)
  • Stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly
  • Cover your cough
  • Get tested if you have symptoms, or if you’ve been advised of exposure by your local public health unit or through the COVID Alert mobile app
  • Download the COVID Alert mobile app
  • Check with your local public health unit or municipality for additional public health measures you should follow

Social gatherings at home

  • Do not visit any other household or allow visitors in your home
  • Stay connected through virtual gatherings or events

Social gatherings at work

  • Work remotely, wherever possible
  • Celebrate the holidays with co-workers through virtual gatherings or events

Social gatherings outside

  • Leave home only for essential reasons – work, school, groceries/pharmacy, health care, assisting vulnerable individuals, or exercise and physical activity outdoors)

Travelling

  • Avoid travelling unless you have to, including going to regions in green-prevent, yellow-protect, orange-restrict, and red-control zones
  • If you must travel, check all rules and regulations of the other region, province or country
  • Self-quarantine or drastically reduce close contact with others for 10 to 14 days before travelling and after returning home
  • If you travel outside of Canada, you are required, by federal law, to quarantine when you return to Canada even if you do not have symptoms

If you are a student returning home for holidays

  • Self-quarantine or drastically reduce close contact with others for 10 to 14 days before returning home, if possible
  • If you cannot reduce close contact with others before returning home, limit close contact with others, especially seniors and individuals who are immuno-compromised when you get home
  • If you are an international student, you must quarantine when you return to Canada, even if you do not have symptoms
  • If you are leaving Canada, check your home country’s testing requirements before leaving

Exchanging gifts

  • Send gifts by courier or mail, or drop them off while maintaining two metres of distance
  • Wash your hands after handling or opening gifts

Special holiday events

  • Only virtual, drive-in and drive-through events are allowed under the regulations

Having a play date

  • Kids should not have sleepovers or playdates with other children outside of their household, even if they are in the same class at school
  • Virtual visits are a safe option for your kids to see friends