Planning a vacation get-together? Here are the COVID-19 rules and tips – .

Planning a vacation get-together? Here are the COVID-19 rules and tips – .

With the holiday season approaching, December is full of reasons to get together and there are some things to know when planning a party.
For now, unlike what happened in 2020, holiday gatherings are not widely discouraged in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

Here are the important collection rules and tips for different parts of the region at the start of December. Remember that health units have some flexibility for their residents and things can change quickly.


Recent advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health provides some context in determining the boundaries: Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

At his weekly press conference Thursday, Dr Kieran Moore said “getting back to basics” can help protect people against the dominant variant of the delta coronavirus and the emerging variant of omicron.

He said that meant limiting social contact as well as familiar advice such as staying home when sick, except to take a COVID-19 test, wear masks and get vaccinated.

As for the rules, the limit for private gatherings indoors (such as inside a house) is 25 people. This is also the limit for public indoor events.

Outdoor private gatherings can accommodate up to 100 people, and events at venues where people need to show proof of vaccination have no limits. Places of worship have the option of verifying proof of vaccines, delivery capacity and distancing rules.

The province would like the working groups to take place in a location with enough space to get away from it all.

For more tips, the Ontario Vacation Advice Center was updated last week. Planners can mitigate risks at indoor gatherings by having an outdoor option, opening windows, and making sure people can keep their hands clean.

Visitors hold hot drinks and wear masks against the spread of COVID-19 during a visit to a Christmas market in Brussels, Belgium, last weekend. The general COVID-19 rule remains that collection outdoors is safer than indoors. (Olivier Matthys/The Associated Press)

The guide says people should consider masking, moving away and congregating outside if they are near unvaccinated or immunocompromised people.

Under these guidelines, people must wear masks and keep a distance when singing or shouting.

If a fully vaccinated group is comfortable not wearing masks indoors, this is allowed.


Quebec has stricter private assembly rules than Ontario.

Private gatherings indoors cannot have more than 10 people from different addresses, and that group must be from three or fewer different addresses. Masks are highly recommended for people who are not fully immunized.

These limits also apply to restaurant tables.

Private outdoor gatherings can have up to 20 people, but also three or fewer households.

Private events in public space are capped at 25 people indoors and 50 outdoors.

The regulations for places of worship allow up to 250 people inside and 500 outside. The site should verify proof of vaccination if the number exceeds these totals.

There are also mandatory mask rules to follow.

Prime Minister François Legault said this week that he would like to allow Quebec families to welcome up to 25 people for the Christmas holidays, but the opposition says the Prime Minister is confusing and creating expectations.

Exception in certain regions and communities

Akwesasne doesn’t want social gatherings.

Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health broke local pandemic records in recent weeks. One of its local rule changes is to limit private gatherings indoors to 10 people.

The two Hastings Prince Edward Island Public Health and the Renfrew County and District Public Health Unit recently warned of the increase in cases and say limiting close contact means keeping gatherings small and seeing a cohesive group of people rather than constantly mixing them up.


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