These are Ontario’s Guidelines for Celebrating Christmas and Holidays

Published by To Do Canada On November 25, 2020

Let us pray that the following is a once in a lifetime requirement!

The Ontario government announced recently that residents should celebrate the upcoming winter holidays only with the people they live with, regardless of the COVID-19 situation in their region.

The province issued its initial guidance for the holiday period, saying it knows Ontarians are already making plans.

It said those who live alone can join another household to celebrate, but everyone else should stick to their own household and follow public health guidelines for their area.

As per the guidelines, individuals living away from home, including those studying at colleges and universities, should consider doing a self-quarantine, or reducing close contact with others, 10 to 14 days before returning home for the holidays.

The provincial government is also planning to launch a “new holiday web page” to provide more direct and up-to-date guidance on how individuals and families can plan for a safe holiday season.

Ontario government also released a list of safer and riskier holiday activities for Ontarians to consider while planning for the holiday season.

Safer Holiday Activities

  • Virtual holiday gatherings or events with family, friends or co-workers.
  • Outdoor holiday activities such as building a snowman or going on a sleigh ride with members of your household.
  • Visiting Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus or their elves outdoors and taking photos while keeping two metres apart.
  • Attending a drive-in or drive-thru event.
  • Watching holiday or other movies with your household.
  • Decorating your doors and putting up lights around your home.
  • Lighting your menorah.
  • Baking holiday treats with your immediate household.
  • Donating to your favourite holiday charity or toy drive.

Riskier Holiday Activities

  • In-person holiday gatherings or events, particularly gatherings where masks or face coverings must be removed to eat or drink.
  • Indoor holiday activities such as having overnight guests or sleepovers with friends or people outside your household.
  • Visiting Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus or their elves indoors and taking photos without being two metres apart. Children are not permitted to sit on Santa’s lap this year.
  • Visiting family and friends for non-essential reasons

Social Gathering Limits by Level under the Regulations

  • In all levels, people are required to comply with public health guidance on physical distancing;
  • Indoor and outdoor limits cannot be combined to increase the applicable limit;
  • The specified limits apply to gatherings even if in a private dwelling, including houses, apartment buildings, condominium buildings and post-secondary student residences;
  • The limits do not apply to a gathering of members of a single household.

Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect and Orange-Restrict:

  • The limit for indoor social gatherings is 10 people;
  • The limit for outdoor social gatherings is 25 people.

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