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Meet safely in Canada

We are in uncharted territory as we navigate through the first global pandemic to occur in the age of heightened connectivity. The business events segment has always been a reactive industry, highly affected by the state of global travel and economies. It is evident that all segments of our industry - associations, corporate, and incentive - have been impacted by the crisis.

It is an overarching belief across all segments of Business Events that the industry will rebound. It is not a matter of if, but when. Our ability to maintain a fluid plan for recovery will reflect new business realities as they unfold.

While we wait for international borders to open and travel to resume in full, we are learning how to meet safely in Canada. This page will show you how.

Safe meetings in Canada

Where Can I Meet?

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 Pandemic, gathering restrictions vary by jurisdiction across Canada. The following map and chart gives up-to-date data information on local gathering guidelines. This information is currently only for domestic meetings and events in Canada.

Helping You Plan

We're here to help during this challenging time. Gathering restrictions vary by jurisdiction across Canada. Use the table below to help guide your planning with information about the current restrictions in place, listed by province or territory. Make sure to check back regularly to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

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Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon

Alberta

Calgary, Edmonton, Banff | Lake Louise, Jasper
Calgary, Edmonton, Banff | Lake Louise, Jasper
Current Phase/Stage

Stage 2 of 3

Regions have been classified into "Enhanced", "Watch" and "Open" depending on their level of risk.

For current region classifications, see COVID-19 relaunch status map.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

All indoor social gatherings - public or private - are prohibited; all out-of-town visitors cannot stay in other people's homes, regardless of where they are coming from.

As of January 18, outdoor social gatherings can have up to 10 people.

All banquet halls, conference centres and trade shows are closed; all outdoor performances with audiences and all indoor group performances are prohibited.

Hotels and Accommodation

Hotels, motels, hunting and fishing lodges may remain open, but with no in-person dining and access to recreational facilities.

Restaurants and Dining

All restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes and lounges are closed to in-person service; takeout, curbside pickup and delivery services are allowed.

British Columbia

Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Whistler
Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Whistler
Current Phase/Stage

The phased approach to BC's Restart Plan is on pause for the duration of province-wide restrictions

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Indoor and outdoor social gatherings of any size are not permitted with anyone other than those within a core bubble (core bubble includes immediate family or people in the same dwelling; for some a core bubble may include a partner, relative, friend, or co-parent who lives in a different household).

Business meetings (outside the workplace) and conferences are prohibited.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.

Vacation accommodations are limited to those who reside together, or if a person lives on their own, up to two other persons with whom the person regularly interacts.

Restaurants and Dining

Restaurants, cafes, pubs and breweries can open for dine-in (with sufficient distancing measures and a maximum of 6 patrons per table); patrons who remain on premises after being served must be seated.

Liquor sales in all bars, lounges, pubs and restaurants must stop at 10pm and they must close by 11pm (unless full meal service is available). Stand-alone banquet halls are closed until further notice.

Manitoba

Winnipeg, Churchill
Winnipeg, Churchill
Current Phase/Stage

All regions in Manitoba are in the red (critical) response level

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Social contacts must be reduced to your household only; all indoor and outdoor social gatherings are not permitted.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns; conference rooms and recreational facilities are not permitted.

Restaurants and Dining

All restaurants in Manitoba are closed with the exception of take out and delivery services.

New Brunswick

Fredericton, Saint John
Fredericton, Saint John
Current Phase/Stage

As of January 19, Zones 1 (Moncton), 2 (Saint John), 3 (Fredericton) and 4 (Edmundston) are in the Red level

Zones 5 (Campbellton), 6 (Bathurst) and 7 (Miramichi) are in the Orange level.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Orange Level: Single household bubble; outdoor gatherings of 25 people or fewer are permitted; physical distancing is required in all settings if coming in contact with people from outside a household bubble.

Venues with indoor events with controlled entry and/or controlled seating, are required to capture contact information on persons using the facility and have a COVID-19 operational plan.

Red Level: Single household bubble; outdoor gatherings of 5 people or fewer are permitted.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.

Restaurants and Dining

Orange Level: Dine-in can open at restaurants, brewpubs and taprooms with sufficient distancing measures and are required to capture contact information of patrons; in addition, patrons must be seated at all times and are restricted to members of a single household bubble.

Red Level: All food and beverage are closed to in-person service; only takeout, drive-thru and delivery are permitted.

Newfoundland and Labrador

St. John's, Fogo Island
St. John's, Fogo Island
Current Phase/Stage
Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Gatherings of no more than 100 people are permitted provided the gathering is operated by a recognized business or organization and where physical distancing may be maintained. All other gatherings are limited to no more than 50 people provided physical distancing may be maintained.

Gatherings in large venues may operate at a capacity higher than 100 where an operating plan has been approved by a Service NL Environmental Health Officer. Organizers of gatherings must keep a record of all attendees.

Events like tradeshows and conferences TBD.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.

Restaurants and Dining

Dine-in can open at restaurants, bars and lounges (at 50% capacity).

Northwest Territories

Yellowknife
Yellowknife
Current Phase/Stage

Phase 2 of 4

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

25 people maximum for indoor gatherings; 50 people maximum for outdoor activities and public events; events like tradeshows and conferences TBD.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns (with control/safety measures in place).

Restaurants and Dining

Dine-in can open at restaurants, bars and lounges (limited capacity with sufficient distancing measures; no more than 25 customers indoors and 50 customers outdoors).

Nova Scotia

Halifax
Halifax
Current Phase/Stage

No official reopening plan in place

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Gatherings in a home and in the community are limited to 10 people. Social events, festivals, special events, arts/cultural events and sports events are not permitted.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.

Restaurants and Dining

Restaurants can open for dine-in and bars, wineries, distilleries and taprooms can open for in-seat service (with sufficient distancing measures and restricted hours).

Nunavut

Iqaluit
Iqaluit
Current Phase/Stage

Every two weeks after June 1, the Chief Public health Officer will decide which measures can be eased, maintained or if additional restrictions are needed

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

In Baffin, Kitikmeot, Chesterfield Inlet, Baker Lake, Coral Harbour, Naujaat, and Rankin Inlet: Gatherings in homes are limited to a household plus 15 people; 50 people maximum for all outdoor gatherings; 15 people maximum for indoor gatherings outside of homes; 50 people or 50% capacity maximum for indoor gatherings at community halls, conference spaces and within government and Inuit organization facilities.

As of January 12, in Arviat and Whale Cove: Same as restrictions in other communities above except gatherings in homes are limited to a household plus 10 people and 10 people maximum for indoor gatherings outside of homes.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.

Restaurants and Dining

In Arviat, Rankin and Whale Cove: Restaurants are to open for take-out and delivery services only, bars to remain close.

In Baffin, Kitikmeot, Chesterfield Inlet, Baker Lake, Coral Harbour, Naujaat, and Rankin Inletall the other communities without active cases: Restaurants can open with seated service at 50% of normal capacity (with sufficient distancing measures) ; maximum of 6 patrons per table.

Ontario

Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Waterloo Region
Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Waterloo Region
Current Phase/Stage

Effective January 14, the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.

Additional restrictions are in place and reinforces that Ontarians should stay at home as much as possible to minimize transmission of the virus.

The current COVID-19 Response Framework will be paused at this time.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

No indoor organized public events and social gatherings outside one’s household (with limited exceptions). Maximum 5 people for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings and must comply with public health advice on physical distancing.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations remain open unless they have decided to close due to operational reasons.

Short-term rentals (e.g., cottages, cabins) are only to be provided to individuals who are in need of housing.

Meeting rooms and recreational facilities are not permitted (with limited exceptions).

Restaurants and Dining

All restaurants and bars are closed to in-person service; only takeout, drive-thru and delivery are permitted.

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown
Charlottetown
Current Phase/Stage

As of January 6, PEI is implementing post circuit breaker measures.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of January 6, all indoor and outdoor personal gatherings are limited to 10 people; organized gatherings are limited to 50 people but may have two additional multiples of 50 people permitted (up to 150 total) with an approved operational plan.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.

Restaurants and Dining

As of December 7, all restaurants and bars are closed with the exception of take out and delivery servicesAs of January 6, dine-in can open with maximum 50 patrons (with sufficient distancing measures); all patrons must remain seated with a maximum of 10 patrons per table; establishments must close by 11pm.

Food premises may have more than 50 patrons with an approved operational plan.

Quebec

Montréal, Québec City, Tremblant
Montréal, Québec City, Tremblant
Current Phase/Stage

Quebec has a regional alert system in place. There are 4 levels in total: Level 1 - Vigilance (green), Level 2 - Early Warning (yellow), Level 3 - Alert (orange), and Level 4 - Maximum Alert (red).

As of January 9, all regions in Quebec are in the Maximum Alert (red) level, except for the James Bay and Nunavik which are in the Alert (orange) level.

For current region classifications, see Alert levels map.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

As of January 9, for “Red” regions: All private gatherings are prohibited; all activities organized in a public place are prohibited.

For “Orange” regions: Private gatherings must be limited to no more than 6 people; activities in an organized public setting (e.g. rented halls or festival events) are limited to a maximum of 25 people for indoor and outdoor; 250 people maximum for certain public indoor and outdoor venues (e.g. concert halls, theatres, cinemas)

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.

Restaurants and Dining

As of January 9, for “Red” regions: All restaurants and bars are closed to in-person service; only takeout, drive-thru and delivery are permitted. During the 8pm to 5am curfew, only delivery service is allowed.

For “Orange” regions: Maximum of 6 patrons per table and required to capture contact information of patrons; alcohol and food sales in all bars must stop at 11pm and they must close by midnight; in addition, alcohol sales at restaurants must stop at 11pm and no alcohol can be consumed after midnight.

Saskatchewan

Regina, Saskatoon
Regina, Saskatoon
Current Phase/Stage
Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Indoor public banquets and conferences in public venues are limited to 30 people; food or beverages may not be present or served.

Private indoor gatherings are limited to the immediate household only. Single individuals are permitted to meet with one, consistent household of less than 5 individuals. Outdoor gathering sizes are limited 10 people, provided physical distancing of households can be maintained.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.

Restaurants and Dining

Dine-in can open (with sufficient distancing measures).

Maximum of 4 people per table and establishments are required to capture contact information of patrons.

Yukon

Whitehorse
Whitehorse
Current Phase/Stage

Phase 3  of 4

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

10 people maximum for indoor social gatherings; 50 people maximum for outdoor social gatherings. Organized seated events permitted in a rental facility or venue with an operational plan; indoor events 50 people or fewer; outdoor events 100 people or fewer with physical distancing; conferences and tradeshows may operate following organized gathering limits and an approved operational plan.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns (with enhanced cleaning and public health measures).

Restaurants and Dining

Restaurants can open at full capacity for dine-in (with sufficient distancing measures  and approved operational plan); bars can open at 50% capacity (with distancing measures and approved operational plan); restaurants and bars are required to capture contact information of patrons.

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