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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

As of November 24, in all regions of Alberta: No indoor social gatherings are allowed, outdoor social gatherings limited to 10 people, and all festivals and events are prohibited.

As of November 27, in Enhanced regions: Banquet halls, conference centres, trade shows, and concert venues are closed for in-person service.

Unless enhanced measures are in place for a region, indoor audience events (e.g. conferences, seated concert venues) can have up to 100 people, and outdoor audience events (e.g. community parks, rodeos, seated concert venues) can have up to 200 people.

Hotels and Accommodation

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

As of November 27, in Enhanced regions: Hotels, motels, hunting and fishing lodges are open by appointment only and are not permitted to provide walk-in service. Appointments are limited to one-on-one service.

Restaurants and Dining

Restaurants, lounges and bars can open (with sufficient distancing and health measures in place).

As of November 27, in Enhanced regions: Restaurants, bars, pubs and lounges are open with restrictions, including: maximum of 6 people per table from the same household, only seated eating and drinking permitted, liquor sales must stop at 10 pm, and dine-in must close at 11 pm; take out, delivery, drive-thru and curbside pick-up are encouraged.

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

50 people maximum for outdoor or indoor gatherings; business meetings and conferences are allowed within the 50 person limit, following safety protocols (but it is recommended that virtual meetings be held as much as possible); larger tradeshows, conferences, concerts and sporting events not considered until phase 4.

As of November 7, 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).

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns; maximum of 5 people may attend a daytime social gathering / event in a vacation accommodation, in addition to the occupants; visitors of the occupants cannot stay overnight.

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

Beginning November 12, all regions in Manitoba are in the red (critical) response level

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Beginning November 12, 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

Beginning November 12, 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

Zones 1, 2 and 3 (Moncton, Saint John, and Fredericton) are in the Orange level

All other regions are in the Yellow level

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Yellow level: 20 people maximum for informal indoor gatherings, 50 people maximum for uncontrolled outdoor gatherings, unless a plan is in place to ensure Public Health guidelines can be followed and plan is approved by Worksafe NB. Trade shows and conferences are allowed and should remain at a level which allows for physical distancing (venues with indoor events with controlled entry and/or controlled seating, are required to capture contact information on persons using the facility).

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.

Hotels and Accommodation

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

Restaurants and Dining

Yellow level: Dine-in can open at restaurants, brewpubs and taprooms (with sufficient distancing measures and are required to capture contact information of patrons).

Orange level: Same requirements as Yellow level but dine-in seating is restricted to members of a single household bubble.

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

Social events and arts and culture events that are run by a recognized business or organization can have 250 people outdoors or 50% of the venue’s capacity to a maximum of 200 indoors, with distancing; events not run by a recognized business or organization can have 50 people maximum indoors or outdoors. Conferences and tradeshows may operate following organized gathering limits.

As of November 26, in Halifax: Public gatherings are limited to 5 people; events run by a recognized business can have a maximum of 150 people outdoors or 100 indoors; events not run by a recognized business or organization can have 25 people indoors or outdoors.

Some large venues have plans in place to host multiple groups of 250 outdoors and 200 indoors, as long as each group is separated in its own bubble at the venue. This includes the Scotiabank Centre which can host up to 2,000 total spectators, and the Halifax Convention Centre can host up to 1,400 attendees. Due to temporary restrictions on gatherings in Halifax effective November 26, upcoming events at the Scotiabank Centre and Halifax Convention Centre have been cancelled or postponed up to December 9, 2020.

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).

As of November 26, in Halifax: Restaurants and bars are closed for dine-in service, but can offer takeout/delivery. Wineries, distilleries and taprooms cannot have in-seat service or tastings, but can offer takeout/delivery and retail sales.

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

As of December 2, in Arviat: Gatherings in homes are limited to a household plus 5 people (for emergencies only); 5 people maximum for all outdoor gatherings; 10 people maximum for indoor gatherings outside of homes;  gatherings at community halls, conference spaces and within government and Inuit organization facilities is prohibited.

As of December 2, in Rankin and Whale Cove: Gatherings in homes are limited to a household plus 10 people; 50 people maximum for all outdoor gatherings; 10 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 December 2, in all other communities without active cases: Same measures as Rankin and Whale Cove, except that gatherings in homes are limited to a household plus 15 people.

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

As of December 2, in all 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 November 7, 2020, Ontario is implementing the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.

The framework categorizes public health unit regions into five levels: Green - Prevent, Yellow - Protect, Orange - Restrict, Red - Control, and Grey - Lockdown, and will outline the types of public health and workplace safety measures for businesses and organizations at each level.

To see which public health unit is in which level, see COVID-19 levels by region.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Green-Prevent (Stage 3)Maximum 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors for social gatherings; maximum 50 people indoors or 100 outdoors for organized public events and gatherings, and a limit of 50 people per room.

Yellow-Protect (Stage 3)Measures from previous level, plus: Establishments must close at midnight.

Orange-Restrict (Stage 3)Measures from previous levels, plus: Maximum of 50 people per facility and establishments must close at 10 pm.

Red-Control (Stage 2)Measures from previous levels, plus: Maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors for all social gatherings or organized public events and gatherings.

Lockdown: No indoor organized public events and social gatherings are allowed with anyone outside a person's household; outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.

Hotels and Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to operational reasons; meeting rooms and recreational facilities can open subject to the requirements in the level.

Lockdown: No new reservations for short-term rentals are permitted; this does not apply to hotels, motels, lodges, resorts, or shared rental accommodation, including, student residences. Meeting rooms and recreational facilities are not permitted.

Restaurants and Dining

Green-Prevent (Stage 3)Indoor and outdoor dining permitted; must capture contact info for patrons; no buffet style service; night clubs only permitted to operate as a restaurant or bar.

Yellow-Protect (Stage 3)Measures from previous level, plus: Maximum of 6 patrons per table; liquor service ends at 11pm and establishments must close at midnight (except for takeout service).

Orange-Restrict (Stage 3): Measures from previous levels, plus: 50 person indoor capacity limit; maximum of 4 patrons per table; liquor service ends at 9pm and establishments must close at 10pm (except for takeout service).

Red-Control (Stage 2)Measures from previous levels, plus: 10 person indoor capacity limit; outdoor dining, take out, and delivery permitted.

LockdownRestaurants open only for takeout, drive-thru and delivery.

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown
Charlottetown
Current Phase/Stage

PEI launched a new colour-coded COVID-19 alert system for the province on September 29. The province also announced that it will move to the Green 'New Normal' phase on October 1.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

Personal gatherings are limited to no more than 20 persons. Organized gatherings can have cohorts of 50 persons kept separate with no limit on the number of cohorts; gatherings over 50 people must submit an operational plan; group seating at organized gatherings of no more than 20 persons; conferences may operate following organized gathering limitations and tradeshows may be assessed on a case by case basis.

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 maximum 50 patrons indoors and additional patrons permitted on patios (with sufficient distancing measures); maximum of 20 patrons per table; no self-serve buffet; patrons must remain seated for alcohol service.

Food premises may have more than 50 patrons seated indoors following multiple gatherings guidance (separated cohorts of up to 50 persons).

Quebec

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

Quebec is implementing a regional alert system. 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).

For current region classifications, see Alert levels map.

Domestic Conferences and Large Gatherings

For “Red” regions: Private gatherings are prohibited; activities in an organized public setting (e.g. rented halls or festival events) are prohibited; auditoriums, cinemas, theatres, libraries and museums are closed.

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).

For “Green” and “Yellow” regions: Private gatherings must be limited to no more than 10 people; activities in an organized public setting (e.g. rented halls or festival events) are limited to a maximum of 50 people for indoor and 250 people for 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; regular vacation camps with accommodation are not permitted.

Restaurants and Dining

For “Red” regions: Dine-in at restaurants, bars, and food courts is not allowed; only delivery and takeout permitted.

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.

For “Green” and “Yellow” regions: Bars, breweries and taverns are allowed to operate at maximum 50% capacity; all dine-in establishments can have a maximum of 10 patrons per table and are required to capture contact information of patrons; alcohol and food sales in all bars, breweries and taverns must stop at midnight and they must close by 1am.

Saskatchewan

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

As of November 19, the maximum allowable gathering size for private gatherings in the home is 5. Gatherings of any size beyond your immediate household are strongly discouraged at this time.

As of November 27, indoor public banquets and conferences in public venues are limited to 30 people; food or beverages may not be present or served.

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).

As of November 27, 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).

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