Ontario Eases Restrictions on Wedding and Funeral Ceremonies

Published on June 13, 2020

Attendees Will Still be Required to Practice Physical Distancing

Effective Friday, June 12, 2020, at 12:01AM places of worship may reopen, including for indoor wedding and funeral services, on condition that they apply strict health and safety practices, maintain physical distancing, and operate with no more than 30% building capacity.

"We are a government that listens."Said Sheref Sabawy, MPP for Mississauga-Erin Mills. "We have been listening to constituents, held roundtables with many faith leaders, and today we deliver, with your safety in mind. Even though some restrictions have been lifted, I am urging everyone to put others in mind. We are all in this together."

The Ontario government is providing more flexibility on the number of attendees permitted at indoor and outdoor wedding and funeral ceremonies, in recognition of the importance of being with loved ones during the moments that matter most.

Based on positive public health trends the government is extending the number of people allowed to attend an indoor wedding or funeral ceremony to a maximum of 30 per cent capacity of the ceremony venue.   

Wedding and funeral ceremonies taking place outdoors will be limited to 50 attendees. For both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, those attending must follow proper health and safety advice, including practising physical distancing from people who are not from the same household or their established 10-person social circle.

"With recent progress to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are able to ease restrictions on these special ceremonies," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "We have taken deliberate steps to increase testing and increase our ability to track and contain this virus. As we loosen these measures, I strongly urge everyone to remain careful and cautious as we are all still at risk."

The changes came into effect on Friday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. The maximum number of people allowed to attend indoor or outdoor wedding and funeral receptions remains at 10 people. As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves in Ontario, further direction will be provided on capacity restrictions for weddings and funerals going forward.

Additional Resources

Download: Guidance on Health & Safety best practices for places of worship

As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves in Ontario, further direction will be provided on capacity restrictions for weddings and funerals going forward and this page will be updated.

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