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What you need to know about social gatherings

October 2, 2020
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Information updated on Thursday, April 1

To respond to the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases, the Province of Ontario has made it illegal to gather indoors with anyone you do not live with.

Do not visit any other household or allow visitors in your home.

For those who are living alone, it is permitted to have close contact with one additional household.

If you still plan to have a gathering, here are the answers to some key questions.

But, how many people can I legally have at a residential gathering?

  • Indoors: 0 people
  • Outdoors: 5 people

You must limit contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else.

However, to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Ottawa in this critical time, we ask that you not gather with anyone outside your household.

What if I see a someone breaking the rules and putting public health at risk? How do I make a complaint?

Don’t approach the business or homeowner yourself. If you believe public health is at risk, call 3-1-1 to file a report. Reports cannot be made online or via social media.

When you call 3-1-1, the phone agent will ask for your contact information so the By-law officer can call you with questions. You cannot make an anonymous report. Your personal information is kept confidential, unless you are asked to testify in court.

Overall, let’s be patient, considerate and understanding. These are difficult times, but we’re all in this together.

What can I do? Do my individual actions really matter?

Individual actions matter more than ever. Preventing the spread of COVID is within all our power – it is the collective actions of every individual that will make a real difference. Prevention is our best tool in the fight against this virus. The actions of 1,000,000 Ottawa million good decisions is what will stop the virus.

Things keep changing. How do I stay up to date?

We learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic every day. When the Government of Canada or the Province of Ontario change a recommendation or a regulation, the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health have to follow suit. Keep track of the latest updates:

You can also follow any of these agencies on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information on City programs and services, visit or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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