The Province of Ontario has said that we should not gather in groups of more than 5 people unless:

  • there are more than 5 people in your family or 5 roommates that live with you
  • the gathering is for a funeral and then up to 10 people are allowed together
  • it is in a childcare centre for essential front-line workers

Other activities like weddings, parties, play dates, and services within places of worship are prohibited and should not take place.

We MUST all practice physical distancing and keep 2 metres or 6 feet away from others when we are out.  This is very important so we can stop the spread of COVID-19.  

During times of the year when celebrations are happening:

  • do not gather with others in person to celebrate
  • use technology to connect with others
  • Spend more time with your own family who live with you
  • Create new traditions at home, cook your favourite food together, decorate together, play games together for example.

Being apart from family and friends can be very difficult for all of us. It’s normal for situations like COVID-19 to affect your mental health. Everyone experiences these events in their own way. It is completely normal to feel stress and concern during these times and so it is important to practice positive coping strategies.

Below is a listing of Mental Health Resources available to you. If you are in crisis, please contact the Mental Health Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 day a week) at 613-722-6914 or if outside Ottawa toll-free at 1-866-996-0991. If you (or your child) are experiencing thoughts of suicide or harming yourself, please call 9-1-1.

For more support and help, visit our mental health webpage.

It is imperative that everyone in Ottawa practice physical distancing and avoid groups to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Visit the Government of Canada’s website for more information.If you have any questions, please send an email to the Mass Gatherings and Events Taskforce at To report a mass gathering, please contact 311 for assistance.