COVID-19 – Rules Changing for Restrictions on Weddings and Funerals

Christine Elliott
Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott

Attendees Will Still be Required to Practice Physical Distancing

TORONTO ― There is a change for weddings and funerals in Ontario.

“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 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 percent 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.

The changes came into effect on Friday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. The maximum number of people allowed to attend an indoor or outdoor wedding and funeral reception 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.