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24 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Linked to Two Weddings in the City of Vaughan and Related Events – Wednesday, October 28 and Friday, October 30, 2020



York Region Public Health is issuing a public notice of a COVID-19 outbreak connected to two weddings and related events.

Confirmed and probable cases: 24 confirmed cases (as of November 13, 2020)

Of the 24 cases currently known between the two weddings:

  • 16 cases are residents of York Region
  • 8 cases are residents of the City of Toronto
  • 12 cases attended the pre-wedding event for Wedding A
  • 16 cases attended the ceremony for Wedding B
  • 9 cases attended both wedding ceremonies

Wedding events and related risk:

Wedding A: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Pre-wedding event:

  • Private household gathering in the City of Markham
  • Approximately 14 attendees
  • Insufficient physical distancing and masking
  • HIGH RISK OF EXPOSURE

Wedding ceremony:

  • Held at Chateau le Jardin - 8440 York Regional Road 27, Vaughan, ON L4L 1A5
  • Insufficient physical distancing and masking
  • HIGH RISK OF EXPOSURE

Post-wedding event:

  • Private household gathering in the City of Markham
  • Approximately 10 attendees
  • Insufficient physical distancing and masking
  • HIGH RISK OF EXPOSURE

Wedding B: Friday, October 30, 2020

Pre-wedding event:

  • Private household gathering in the Town of Whitby
  • Unknown number of attendees
  • Insufficient physical distancing and masking
  • HIGH RISK OF EXPOSURE

Wedding ceremony:

  • Held at Paradise Banquet Hall - 7601 Jane Street, Vaughan, ON L4K 1X2
  • Insufficient physical distancing and masking
  • HIGH RISK OF EXPOSURE

(No post-wedding event)

All individuals who attended a pre-wedding and/or ceremony and/or post-wedding events for either Wedding A or Wedding B (or both) are considered to have a high-risk exposure to COVID-19.

York Region Public Health has been in contact with both Chateau le Jardin and Paradise Banquet Hall. Upon preliminary investigation it appeared that many recommended infection prevention and control practices were adhered to during the ceremonies. Upon further investigation however, York Region Public Health learned that infection prevention and control recommendations, such as physical distancing and wearing of masks were in fact not adhered to during the ceremonies. The risk of exposure to COVID-19 at both wedding ceremonies has therefore been increased from low to high.

If you are in the High-Risk category:

  • Self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
    • 14 days from Wedding A is Wednesday, November 11, 2020
    • 14 days from Wedding B is Friday, November 13, 2020
  • If any symptoms of COVID-19 develop, seek assessment and testing at a COVID-19 Assessment Centre and continue to isolate while waiting for your results; if you test negative, you still need to isolate for 14 days
  • Call the local public health unit in the jurisdiction you reside and advise you attended wedding-related events held at either:
    • Chateau le Jardin on Wednesday October 28, 2020

OR

    • Paradise Banquet Hall on Friday October 30, 2020

Why this matters

Private gatherings continue to be a major factor in on-going transmission of COVID-19 in York Region. While current provincial restrictions in York Region allow for a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, these limits are on the condition physical distancing of 2-metres can be maintained between anyone outside of your immediate household.

It is important to be vigilant in minimizing the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities to continue to protect those who are high risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death.

This is the third large cluster of cases linked to wedding-related events in York Region. Residents should avoid social gatherings and limit close contact to your household or the people you live with. If you are hosting a gathering it is important to follow public health measures such as physical distancing, wearing of masks in indoor public places, practicing good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette and above all, stay home if you’re unwell.

Restrictions in place in York Region

These weddings took place while York Region was operating under modified Stage 2 restrictions. These restrictions limited private events or social gatherings to 10 people or less indoors and 25 people or less outdoor, including social gatherings associated with a wedding such as a wedding reception. For religious services, rites or ceremonies, the indoor limit was 30% capacity or less of any given room in the building. Regardless of setting, physical distancing must be maintained for individuals outside of immediate households.

As of Monday, November 16, 2020, York Region will be in the Red – Control zone. For more information and associated restrictions and limitations in place in York Region, visit york.ca/preventcovid19 or review the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open

For all residents

As COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community, residents are reminded to follow public health advice to:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wash hands often
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Wear a mask in indoor settings or when physical distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained
  • Download the COVID Alert App
For more information, visit york.ca/covid19

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