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This Version Posted: November 3, 2021

Attending a parade or outdoor holiday event?  Stay safe during COVID-19.

Current Rules:
  • There are NO capacity limits for outdoor organized public events, like parades, memorial services and similar events.
  • Masks must be worn at these events if two metre physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Limits on the number of people who can gather for outdoor social gatherings remains at no more than 100 people. Social gatherings are private functions like barbecues and family celebrations not open to the general public.
Attending an Organized Public Event
  • Stay home if sick, even if symptoms are mild
  • Maintain two-metres physical distance from anyone outside your household.
  • If physical distancing cannot be maintained, you must wear a mask or face covering
  • Follow all COVID-19 guidance from event organizers. Check ahead that the event you want to attend is open to the public, and not by invitation only
  • Find a location at the event that is less crowded with people
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently
  • Consider participating virtually or not attending the event if you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19. This includes older adults and individuals who are immunocompromised or have underlying medical conditions.
Marking the Day at Home

If you are uncomfortable attending an event in-person, find ways to mark it at home:

  • Watch a parade, memorial service or holiday event on television or online.
  • Find other ways to celebrate the holidays. Decorate your home or do other fun activities to get into the festive spirit.
  • If unable to attend a tree or holiday lighting ceremony, go back at a less busy time to see the lights and decorations.
Organizing an Outdoor Public Event:

If you’re organizing an outdoor public event, be aware of the current COVID-19 rules and regulations.

  • Ensure all attendees wear masks if they cannot maintain 2 metres physical distance.
  • Ask people to stay home if stick
  • If possible, ask attendees not to crowd together but to spread out as much as possible.
  • If desired, consider safer, alternative ways to organize the event. For example, make it invitation only and offer ways for the general public to take part in the event virtually.
  • Rope off the ceremony area for only invited guests to maintain crowd control.
  • Keep a list of all invited guests and their contact information.

If you have further questions about your event, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020, or email info@hkpr.on.ca.