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Gathering limits in effect in York Region

On September 19, 2020, the Province of Ontario announced a change to gathering limits across the province.

Social gatherings and organized public events at private dwellings are now limited to a maximum of 10 people in indoor settings and a maximum of 25 people at outdoor settings. Indoor and outdoor gatherings cannot be combined.

The changes to the gathering limits are being put in place after a recent surge in COVID-19 cases linked to large gatherings and celebrations taking place in private settings. Rates of people acquiring COVID-19 while attending social gatherings and private parties without physical distancing and wearing masks can be as much as 40%.

We know this remains a difficult time for many, but now is not the time to get complacent. We must remain vigilant and continue to follow public health measures, including:

  • Physical distancing by 2 metres or more
  • Ensuring we wear masks in indoor public places, on transit and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible
  • Washing our hands frequently
  • Staying home when sick
  • Getting tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19

New gathering limits are for unmonitored social gatherings and public events. Unmonitored and private social gatherings include functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas.

The new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres, banquet halls, gyms, places of worship, recreational sporting or performing art events. Existing rules, including public health and workplace safety measures for these businesses and facilities, continue to be in effect.

For more information on York Region’s response to COVID-19, visit

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