Information current

June 22, 2021

Practise the Safe 6 and wear a mask. For medical questions or if you feel ill phone 811, or launch the COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

For non-medical questions, contact the COVID-19 infoline: email covid19info@yukon.ca or phone 1-877-374-0425.

Holding a gathering guidelines: COVID-19

Limiting the size of gatherings helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 and helps keep Yukoners safe. Vaccination also helps make it safer for people to gather.

Do you need to submit an operational plan if holding an event?

If you’re organizing an event and your plan follows the guidelines below you do not need to submit anything for review or approval.

Gathering size limits

Social gatherings

Indoors

Up to 20 people can gather with 2-metre (6-feet) physical distancing.

Outdoors

Up to 100 people can gather with 2-metre (6-feet) physical distancing.

Organized gatherings

Up to 200 people with 2-metre (6-feet) physical distancing.

Larger events

If your event exceeds the gathering size limit, you can submit a request for a larger event. We review applications on a case-by-case basis.

What is a social gathering?

Social gatherings are events that happen in private homes or public spaces such as parks. These types of events can include:

  • birthday celebrations;
  • dinner parties; and
  • backyard barbecues.

Social gatherings can include people from more than 1 social bubble.

People attending a social gathering must keep a 2-metre (6 feet) distance from anyone who is not in their social bubble.

What is an organized gathering?

Organized gatherings are planned events that occur in a rented indoor venue or its adjacent outdoor space, such as:

  • cultural centres;
  • community centres;
  • recreation centres; and
  • convention centres.

Some organized gatherings may also occur in a designated outdoor space, such as a festival.

Organized gatherings can include:

  • community events;
  • festivals;
  • weddings;
  • fundraisers; and
  • cultural events.

People attending an organized gathering must stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from anyone who is not in their social bubble.

You have to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces. See wearing a mask in Yukon during COVID-19 for more information.

Attending a social or organized gathering

Stay home when sick

  • Do not attend a gathering if you’re feeling sick, even if your symptoms are mild.
  • Complete the online self-assessment or phone 811 to determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19.
  • If you become ill while at a gathering, immediately go home. Travel in a private vehicle, if possible.

Physical distancing

  • Stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from people who are not in your social bubble. You should be particularly mindful in areas where it's harder to keep physical distance, such as:
    • parking lots;
    • entry points and exit points; and
    • washrooms.
  • If the event is seated, sit with members of your social bubble, as much as possible.
  • Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items.

Personal practices

  • You have to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces, except when seated at a table, bar top or counter if food or drink is served.
  • Practise proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, this includes:
    • wash your hands;
    • cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue;
    • put used tissues into a lined garbage bin and wash your hands afterwards;
    • use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content; and
    • avoid touching your face.
Hosting a social or organized gathering

Who should stay home

For organized gatherings post signs at entrances advising guests who arrive with symptoms to return home.

Collecting personal information

Organized gatherings should consider asking people to register upon arrival. This can help with contact tracing efforts if someone gets COVID-19. Discard attendance lists after 30 days. See the guidelines for collecting personal information.

Physical distancing

  • Physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) must be kept between people who are not in the same social bubble.
  • Arrange tables and chairs to allow room for physical distancing.

For organized events

  • Maintain a single point-of-entry.
  • Consider using 1-way traffic flow and separate exit points.
  • Post signs at entrances advising guests of the physical distancing measures in place.
  • To prevent congestion, regulate entry, including lines and waiting areas.
  • If the event is seated, limit movement between tables.

Hand hygiene

  • Have warm running water, liquid soap and paper towels available.
  • Have single-use hand towels or paper towels available for people to dry their hands.
  • Do not have towels for people to share.
  • Make hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol available.

Cleaning and disinfecting

  • Clean and disinfect more frequently. This includes common, high-touch areas:
    • seating;
    • tables;
    • door handles;
    • light switches;
    • railings;
    • elevator buttons;
    • counters; and
    • faucets.
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting washrooms.
  • If you use reusable items, such as tablecloths and linen napkins, wash, clean and sanitize them after the event.
  • Empty garbage bins frequently.
  • Use gloves and wash your hands after taking off your gloves when:
    • removing garbage bags; or
    • handling and disposing of trash.

For social gatherings, see the home cleaning and disinfecting guidelines.

For organized gatherings, see the workplace cleaning and disinfecting guidelines.

Food and drink

  • Limit the number of people handling or serving food.
  • Have wait staff or designated people serve drinks and food directly to guests.
  • People who are serving must wash or sanitize their hands immediately before and after serving.
  • Do not provide open self-serve food. This includes such items as:
    • food and drink utensils;
    • containers;
    • coffee pots;
    • water or milk pitchers;
    • snack bowls;
    • refill or condiment stations; and
    • salt and pepper shakers.

 

Live music, entertainment and dancing

Dance performances

  • A minimum of 2 metres (6 feet) must be maintained at all times between dancers unless they’re in the same social bubble.
  • Performers must:
    • maintain a 4-metre (12-feet) distance from the audience; or
    • be separated by Plexiglas or a similar barrier.

During or after performances, members of a performing group must maintain 2 metres (6 feet) physical distancing if they mingle with:

  • guests; or
  • venue staff.

Dancing

  • Guests can dance if they stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from each other.
  • Guests who are in the same social bubble can dance together.

Live music and karaoke

See the singing and music guidelines for information.

Weddings and ceremonies

How many people can attend

Gathering size limits include the couple and the officiant.

Indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions can have up to 200 people with 2-metre (6-feet) physical distancing.

If your wedding exceeds the gathering size limit, you can submit a request for a larger event. We review applications on a case-by-case basis.

Physical distancing

People from different social bubbles cannot have physical contact with each other. This includes:

  • shaking hands;
  • hugging;
  • touching; or
  • kissing.

Guests must stay 2 metres (6 feet) apart when participating in a receiving line.

Ceremonial objects

If ceremonial objects are used, guests must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after touching the object.

Guest book

We do not recommend that guests sign guest books or keepsakes. Consider using a virtual guest book instead.

Funerals
Faith-based services

Social gatherings

Indoors

Up to 20 people can gather with 2-metre (6-feet) physical distancing.

Outdoors

Up to 100 people can gather with 2-metre (6-feet) physical distancing.

Organized gatherings

Up to 200 people with 2-metre (6-feet) physical distancing.

Larger events

If your event exceeds the gathering size limit, you can submit a request for a larger event. We review applications on a case-by-case basis.

Social gatherings are events that happen in private homes or public spaces such as parks. These types of events can include:

  • birthday celebrations;
  • dinner parties; and
  • backyard barbecues.

Social gatherings can include people from more than 1 social bubble.

People attending a social gathering must keep a 2-metre (6 feet) distance from anyone who is not in their social bubble.

Organized gatherings are planned events that occur in a rented indoor venue or its adjacent outdoor space, such as:

  • cultural centres;
  • community centres;
  • recreation centres; and
  • convention centres.

Some organized gatherings may also occur in a designated outdoor space, such as a festival.

Organized gatherings can include:

  • community events;
  • festivals;
  • weddings;
  • fundraisers; and
  • cultural events.

People attending an organized gathering must stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from anyone who is not in their social bubble.

You have to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces. See wearing a mask in Yukon during COVID-19 for more information.

Stay home when sick

  • Do not attend a gathering if you’re feeling sick, even if your symptoms are mild.
  • Complete the online self-assessment or phone 811 to determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19.
  • If you become ill while at a gathering, immediately go home. Travel in a private vehicle, if possible.

Physical distancing

  • Stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from people who are not in your social bubble. You should be particularly mindful in areas where it's harder to keep physical distance, such as:
    • parking lots;
    • entry points and exit points; and
    • washrooms.
  • If the event is seated, sit with members of your social bubble, as much as possible.
  • Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items.

Personal practices

  • You have to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces, except when seated at a table, bar top or counter if food or drink is served.
  • Practise proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, this includes:
    • wash your hands;
    • cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue;
    • put used tissues into a lined garbage bin and wash your hands afterwards;
    • use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content; and
    • avoid touching your face.

Who should stay home

For organized gatherings post signs at entrances advising guests who arrive with symptoms to return home.

Collecting personal information

Organized gatherings should consider asking people to register upon arrival. This can help with contact tracing efforts if someone gets COVID-19. Discard attendance lists after 30 days. See the guidelines for collecting personal information.

Physical distancing

  • Physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) must be kept between people who are not in the same social bubble.
  • Arrange tables and chairs to allow room for physical distancing.

For organized events

  • Maintain a single point-of-entry.
  • Consider using 1-way traffic flow and separate exit points.
  • Post signs at entrances advising guests of the physical distancing measures in place.
  • To prevent congestion, regulate entry, including lines and waiting areas.
  • If the event is seated, limit movement between tables.

Hand hygiene

  • Have warm running water, liquid soap and paper towels available.
  • Have single-use hand towels or paper towels available for people to dry their hands.
  • Do not have towels for people to share.
  • Make hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol available.

Cleaning and disinfecting

  • Clean and disinfect more frequently. This includes common, high-touch areas:
    • seating;
    • tables;
    • door handles;
    • light switches;
    • railings;
    • elevator buttons;
    • counters; and
    • faucets.
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting washrooms.
  • If you use reusable items, such as tablecloths and linen napkins, wash, clean and sanitize them after the event.
  • Empty garbage bins frequently.
  • Use gloves and wash your hands after taking off your gloves when:
    • removing garbage bags; or
    • handling and disposing of trash.

For social gatherings, see the home cleaning and disinfecting guidelines.

For organized gatherings, see the workplace cleaning and disinfecting guidelines.

Food and drink

  • Limit the number of people handling or serving food.
  • Have wait staff or designated people serve drinks and food directly to guests.
  • People who are serving must wash or sanitize their hands immediately before and after serving.
  • Do not provide open self-serve food. This includes such items as:
    • food and drink utensils;
    • containers;
    • coffee pots;
    • water or milk pitchers;
    • snack bowls;
    • refill or condiment stations; and
    • salt and pepper shakers.

 

Dance performances

  • A minimum of 2 metres (6 feet) must be maintained at all times between dancers unless they’re in the same social bubble.
  • Performers must:
    • maintain a 4-metre (12-feet) distance from the audience; or
    • be separated by Plexiglas or a similar barrier.

During or after performances, members of a performing group must maintain 2 metres (6 feet) physical distancing if they mingle with:

  • guests; or
  • venue staff.

Dancing

  • Guests can dance if they stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from each other.
  • Guests who are in the same social bubble can dance together.

Live music and karaoke

See the singing and music guidelines for information.

How many people can attend

Gathering size limits include the couple and the officiant.

Indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions can have up to 200 people with 2-metre (6-feet) physical distancing.

If your wedding exceeds the gathering size limit, you can submit a request for a larger event. We review applications on a case-by-case basis.

Physical distancing

People from different social bubbles cannot have physical contact with each other. This includes:

  • shaking hands;
  • hugging;
  • touching; or
  • kissing.

Guests must stay 2 metres (6 feet) apart when participating in a receiving line.

Ceremonial objects

If ceremonial objects are used, guests must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after touching the object.

Guest book

We do not recommend that guests sign guest books or keepsakes. Consider using a virtual guest book instead.