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Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act

ONTARIO REGULATION 52/20

ORDER UNDER SUBSECTION 7.0.2 (4) OF THE ACT - Organized Public Events, CERTAIN gatherings

Consolidation Period: From June 12, 2020 to the e-Laws currency date.

Note: This Order is revoked on July 10, 2020, unless it is extended. (See s. 7.0.8 of the Act and O. Reg. 106/20, Sched. 1)

Last amendment: 276/20.

Legislative History: 99/20, 222/20, 239/20, 276/20.

This is the English version of a bilingual regulation.

WHEREAS an emergency was declared on March 17th, 2020 pursuant to Order in Council 518/2020 (Ontario Regulation 50/20);

AND WHEREAS the criteria set out in subsection 7.0.2 (2) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act have been satisfied;

NOW THEREFORE, this Order is made pursuant to paragraph 14 of subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act, the terms of which are set out in Schedule 1;

AND FURTHER, this Order applies generally throughout Ontario.

O. Reg. 52/20; O. Reg. 99/20, s. 2.

SCHEDULE 1
Organized Public Events, Certain Gatherings

Prohibitions beginning on June 12, 2020

1. Sections 2 to 8 are deemed to have applied as of 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2020.

Prohibition, gatherings

2. (1) Subject to sections 3 to 8, no person shall attend,

(a)  an organized public event of more than 10 people, including a parade;

(b)  a social gathering of more than 10 people, including a social gathering associated with a gathering described in clause (c); or

(c)  a gathering of more than 10 people for the purposes of a wedding, a funeral or a religious service, rite or ceremony.

(2) For greater certainty, subsection (1) applies with respect to an event or gathering even if it is held at a private dwelling.

Exception, members of single household

3. Section 2 does not apply with respect to a gathering of members of a single household.

Exception, attendance at business, Stage 1

4. The prohibition on gatherings in clause 2 (1) (a) does not apply with respect to attendance at a place of business for a purpose related to providing or receiving the goods or services provided by the business if the business is not required to close under Ontario Regulation 82/20 (Order under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act — Stage 1 Closures).

Exception, attendance at business, Stage 2

5. The prohibition on gatherings in clause 2 (1) (a) does not apply with respect to attendance at an event that is organized by a business or organization if the event is permitted under the following provisions of Schedule 2 to Ontario Regulation 263/20 (Order under Subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Act — Stage 2 Closures) and is conducted in compliance with the conditions imposed in respect of the event under that Regulation:

1.  Section 11 or 15, subsection 18 (2) or (3) or section 23.

2.  Subsection 13 (5), but only if the event is in relation to an amateur or professional athletic competition.

Indoor wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony

6. (1) This section applies with respect to gatherings for the purposes of a wedding, a funeral or a religious service, rite or ceremony if the gathering is held in a building or structure other than a private dwelling.

(2) Clause 2 (1) (c) does not apply to a person who attends a gathering to which this section applies if the following conditions are met:

1.  The persons conducting the wedding, funeral, service, rite or ceremony must ensure that the number of persons occupying any room in the building or structure while attending the gathering does not exceed 30 per cent of the capacity of the particular room.

2.  All persons attending the gathering must remain at least two metres apart from each other and from persons conducting the wedding, funeral, service, rite or ceremony unless they are members of the same household.

3.  The persons conducting the wedding, funeral, service, rite or ceremony must ensure that it is conducted in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting.

4.  The persons conducting the wedding, funeral, service, rite or ceremony must ensure that any washrooms that have been made available to persons attending the gathering are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary environment.

Outdoor wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony

7. (1) This section applies with respect to outdoor gatherings for the purposes of a wedding, a funeral or a religious service, rite or ceremony.

(2) Clause 2 (1) (c) does not apply to a person who attends a gathering to which this section applies if the following conditions are met:

1.  The persons conducting the wedding, funeral, service, rite or ceremony must ensure that no more than 50 people are in attendance.

2.  All persons attending the gathering must remain at least two metres apart from each other and from persons conducting the wedding, funeral, service, rite or ceremony unless they are members of the same household.

3.  The persons conducting the wedding, funeral, service, rite or ceremony must ensure that it is conducted in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting.

4.  The persons conducting the wedding, funeral, service, rite or ceremony must ensure that any washrooms that have been made available to persons attending the gathering are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary environment.

Gathering in motor vehicles for religious service, rite or ceremony

8. (1) This section applies with respect to gatherings for the purposes of a religious service, rite or ceremony if the persons attending the gathering, other than those conducting the service, rite or ceremony, do so in a motor vehicle.

(2) Clause 2 (1) (c) does not apply to a person who attends a gathering to which this section applies if the person follows all of the following precautions that apply to the person:

1.  Each person attending the gathering, other than the persons conducting the service, rite or ceremony, must remain within a motor vehicle that is designed to be closed to the elements, except,

i.  where necessary to use a washroom, or

ii.  as may otherwise be required for the purposes of health and safety.

2.  The driver of a motor vehicle must ensure that it is positioned at least two metres away from other motor vehicles.

3.  The persons conducting the service, rite or ceremony must remain at least two metres apart from each other and from other persons attending the gathering unless they are members of the same household.

4.  The persons conducting the service, rite or ceremony must ensure that it is conducted in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting.

5.  A person who ordinarily uses a non-motorized vehicle because of their religious belief and who attends the gathering must remain within their non-motorized vehicle except where necessary to use a washroom or as may otherwise be required for health and safety, and paragraph 2 applies with necessary modifications.

6.  The persons conducting the service, rite or ceremony must ensure that any washrooms that have been made available to persons attending the gathering are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary environment.

O. Reg. 99/20, s. 3; O. Reg. 222/20, s. 1; O. Reg. 239/20, s. 1; O. Reg. 276/20, s. 1.

 

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