O Reg. 364/20 Amendments Effective September 19, the new maximum number of people permitted to attend organized public events and social gatherings, except where the event is held at a place operated by a business or organization in accordance with O. Reg. 364/20, is reduced to 10 people indoors (previous limit of 50) and 25 people outdoors (previous limit of 100) in all regions (see attached). This includes functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs, or wedding receptions (but not ceremonies) held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas.
Page 2 of 4 Note, the new limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings described cannot be combined to form a new capacity limit. In addition, these new rules do not apply to ‘monitored’ social gatherings or organized public events, i.e., social gatherings or organized public events held at a place operated by a business or organization in accordance with O. Reg. 364/20. This includes gatherings or events held in staffed businesses and facilities such as cinemas, convention centres, banquet halls, or restaurants, as well as gyms, recreational sporting or performing arts events. This is in recognition of the fact that these facilities and events are mandated to follow very specific public health and safety guidelines to minimize risk and limit any spread of COVID-19.
In addition, an amendment to O. Reg. 364/20 has been made to include new enforcement provisions that would authorize a police officer, special constable or First Nations constable to temporarily close any premises where the officer or constable has reasonable grounds to believe that a gathering or event is in violation of any gathering limits (including those described above). Individuals are required to leave the premises if they have been temporarily closed (unless it is their place of residence). Individuals are not permitted to re-enter the premises on the same day the premises were closed unless a police officer, special constable or First Nations Constable authorizes the re-entry. Individuals who are required to leave the premises, but do not, may be ticketed or charged under the offence provisions of the ROA or charged with obstructing a peace officer under the Criminal Code of Canada.
As a reminder, all orders under the ROA are currently extended to October 22, 2020, with the following exceptions: • The Education Sector order ended on August 31, 2020. • The Limitation Periods order ended and limitation periods and procedural time periods that had been suspended resumed on September 14, 2020. o Note that this includes limitation periods related to the POA for commencing a proceeding (e.g. laying an information or filing a certificate of offence). o The court retains the discretion to extend POA timelines, other than those for commencing a proceeding, under s. 85 of the POA.
Please note that the following workplaces, businesses or public spaces must remain closed: • Amusement parks and water parks; • Buffet-style food services; • Nightclubs, except to serve food or beverages; • Overnight camps for children; and • Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars. There may be additional workplaces, businesses or public spaces that are not permitted to open pursuant to municipal by-laws or First Nations by-laws.
Page 3 of 4 For information about other orders that continue to be in effect and enforceable under the ROA, please visit the link to the Act on e-Laws at https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/20r17 and click on the “Regulations under this Act” tab. We encourage enforcement personnel to continue to monitor www.ontario.ca/alert for information on updates to orders and order expiries/revocations