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September 18, 2020

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Holding a gathering guidelines: COVID-19

These guidelines are part of Phase 3 of Yukon’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions. The guidelines on this page outline steps for your gathering to ensure:

  • physical distancing;
  • good hygiene practice;
  • enhanced environmental cleaning; and
  • disinfection.
What you need to know about the spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 spreads from someone who is infected through:

  • respiratory droplets generated when they cough or sneeze;
  • close prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; or
  • touching something with the virus on it then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

The more people a person interacts with at a gathering and the longer an interaction lasts, the higher the risk of transmission.

What is an organized gathering and how many people can attend?

Organized gatherings are defined as seated events in a rented venue, such as:

  • cultural centres;
  • community centres;
  • convention centres;
  • the Old Fire Hall; and
  • Yukon Arts Centre.

These types of events can include:

  • weddings;
  • celebrations of life; or
  • cultural events.

What else do you need to know?

  • Guests must be seated and not mingling.
  • Organized gatherings are limited to 50 people indoors.
  • 100 people can gather outdoors, with physical distancing.
  • Applications for events involving more than 100 people will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Find out how to submit a request for a larger event.
  • Rental venues should develop an operational plan. Find out how to submit an operation plan.
  • All event guests and organizers have to follow the venue’s operational plan.
What is a social gathering and how many people can attend?

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

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

How many people can you include?

Spacing of at least 2 metres (6 feet) should be maintained between guests who are not in the same social bubble.

  • Social gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors, with physical distancing.
  • 50 people can gather outdoors, with physical distancing. 
  • Guests at a social gathering are not always members of your social bubble. 

If you include people outside your social bubble in a social gathering

If you include people from outside of your social bubble in your social gathering, you can only have:

  • 10 people indoors; and
  • 50 people outdoors.
Attending an organized or social gathering

When not to attend

Do not attend an organized or social gathering if you:

  • have any symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19 or other infectious respiratory disease;
  • are required to self-isolate due to travel within the last 14 days;
  • had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19; or
  • have been directed to self-isolate by Yukon Communicable Disease Control.

Feeling sick before, during or after a gathering?

  • Use the COVID-19 self-assessment tool or contact your health care provider for guidance.
  • If you become ill while at an organized or social gathering you should go home immediately. This should be in a private vehicle if possible.

Before you go to a gathering

  • Check with the organizer or venue for information about health and safety guidelines.
  • Guests attending seated events must follow guidelines as outlined in the operational plan.

How to interact with others

  • Minimize gestures that involve close contact such as hugs and hand shakes.
  • Use verbal greetings and wave to other guests.
  • Maintain physical distance and limit contact with people who are not in your social bubble:
    • be particularly mindful in areas where it's harder to keep distance, such as:
      • parking lots; and
      • entry points and exit points.
  • Sit with members of your social bubble as much as possible.
  • Practise proper hygiene, this includes:
    • hand washing;
    • coughing or sneezing into your elbow; and
    • avoiding touching your face.
  • Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items

Wash your hands

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. This is recommended:

  • before eating food; or
  • after touching surfaces such as:
    • hand railings;
    • door handles; and
    • toilets.
Hosting an organized or social gathering

Who should stay at home?

Remind guests to stay home if they:

  • are sick;
  • have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19; or
  • travelled to an area which requires self-isolation on return.

What can you do to protect your guests 

  • Post signs at entrances advising guests who arrive with symptoms to return home.
  • Keep the names and contact information of event attendees for contact tracing. Keep the records for a minimum of 21 days.
  • Make sure the room is well-ventilated.
  • Arrange tables and chairs to allow room for physical distancing.

How to promote physical distancing during an organized event

You can promote physical distancing by:

  • assigning seating to ensure members of the same social bubble sit together;
  • limiting movement between tables (guests should not be mixing and mingling);
  • placing signs near entrances that inform guests of the physical distancing measures in place;
  • maintaining a single point of entry into the rental venue;
  • regulating entry, including lines and waiting areas, to prevent congestion;
  • considering use of a 1-way traffic flow;
  • making sure washrooms are available for use at all times.

In the venue

Washrooms

  • Make sure washrooms have liquid soap, paper towels and toilet paper.
  • Make sure warm running water is available.
  • Use single-use hand towels or paper towels for drying hands so guests do not share a towel.
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting washrooms.

Hand sanitizer

  • Make sure hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is available.
  • Have it at entrances and exits of the rental venue for guests.

Cleaning and disinfecting

General cleaning and disinfecting should occur after every event.

  • Organized events can refer to the workplace cleaning and disinfecting guidelines.
  • Hosts of gatherings at home can refer to home cleaning and disinfecting guidelines.
  • Clean and disinfect high traffic areas, surfaces and objects such as door handles, light switches, counters and faucets.
  • If you choose to use items such as tablecloths and linen napkins, wash, clean and sanitize them after the event if they're reusable.
  • Empty garbage bins frequently.
  • Use gloves when removing garbage bags or handling and disposing of trash and wash your hands after taking off your gloves.

Food and drink

  • Limit the number of people handling or serving food.
  • Serve drinks and food directly to guests.
  • Do not provide open self-serve food (including refill stations, condiment stations, salt and pepper shakers, water pitchers, snacks, etc.).

If a bar or food preparation area is open to seating or public areas

Utensils, garnishes and glassware must be 2 metres (6 feet) away from members of the public. If these cannot be away from the public, a physical barrier will protect the area from contamination.

Live music, entertainment and dancing

Dancing

Dancing should not occur at gatherings.

Playing instruments and singing

Live music, including singing or use of wind instruments is allowed. It will be subject to the following requirements.

Performing

Live music

Performance of live music should be in an outdoor space if possible. If the performance is indoors it's subject to the following conditions:

  • maintain physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) or a physical barrier between musicians and attendees at all times; and
  • where singing is part of the live music performance, 3.5 metres (12 feet) or a physical barrier must be between performers and attendees.

Karaoke

Karaoke is permitted for solo performers only, or limited to members of the same social bubble.

  • Microphones must be disinfected between uses.
  • Performers may bring and use their own microphone.
  • Singers must be 3.5 metres (12 feet) from other attendees or separated with a physical barrier.

Wind or brass instruments

  • Wind or brass instruments are permitted outdoors only with physical distancing requirements of 2 metres (6 feet).

Keeping people healthy

  • Musicians and performers must be screened for illness prior to each performance. Check the list of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Ensure musicians and performers are practising frequent hand hygiene.
  • Musicians and performers must not share instruments, music stands or other related equipment.
  • If equipment will be shared then it must be sanitized between uses.

Microphones

  • A performer must use their own microphone.
  • 2 or more singers may not share a microphone.
  • Disinfect microphones between users.
Microphone covers

You can use a microphone cover. The cover must be changed between users. Disinfect the microphone before replacing cover.

Weddings

Many couples have been affected by the pandemic. This has required couples and families to make difficult decisions. Capacity limits for weddings have increased but certain activities will require modification. Other activities or traditions may need to be discontinued.

Weddings are culturally important, but they're high risk for COVID-19 transmission. Care should be taken when preparing for and supervising these events. This will ensure that public health measures, including safe spacing, are observed. Guests with any symptoms must not attend. Care and vigilance can avoid what could otherwise be a disastrous outbreak.

How many people can attend

Indoor wedding ceremonies and receptions are permitted with up to 50 people in attendance. This total includes the couple and officiant. 100 people are permitted to attend outdoor ceremonies and receptions, regardless of the venue capacity.

Ceremony in a place of worship

For a ceremony held in a place of worship, refer to the faith-based services guidelines.

Ceremony in a private venue

For ceremonies and receptions in private venues such as homes and rental venues, refer to the guidance below.

People interacting and physical distancing

  • Physical contact between different bubbles is prohibited. This includes:
    • shaking hands;
    • hugging;
    • touching; or
    • kissing.
  • Guests should keep 2 metres (6 feet) apart when participating in a receiving line.

Ceremonial objects

If ceremonial objects are used, guests should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after touching the object. People should not kiss, embrace, or press their faces on any shared ceremonial objects.

Guest book

Signing of guest books or keepsakes is not recommended. Consider a virtual guest book.

Dancing

  • Dancing should not occur.
  • Ceremonial dances within the same social bubble, such as a couple’s 1st dance or dances with parents, are the only exceptions.

Microphones

If microphones are used for readings or speeches, ensure these are disinfected between users.

You can use a microphone cover. The cover must be changed between users. Disinfect the microphone before replacing cover.

Faith-based services and funerals

Faith-based services pose a higher risk to spread infection. This is due to:

  • gathering size;
  • sharing of ceremonial objects, food and drink; and
  • singing.

For further guidance, refer to the faith-based services guidelines.

Funerals

COVID-19 has changed the way Yukoners live and work, including how we grieve. Honouring loved ones and holding funeral services will look different during the pandemic. Public health measures have made it difficult to celebrate the lives of those we lost.

Funerals are culturally important, but they're high risk for COVID-19 transmission. Care should be taken when preparing for and supervising these events. This will ensure that public health measures, including safe spacing, are observed. Guests with any symptoms must not attend. Care and vigilance can avoid what could otherwise be a disastrous outbreak.

People, families and communities can be kept safe. This can happen while we honour the passing of loved ones and community members. Refer to the funeral and death care services guidelines for more information. 

COVID-19 spreads from someone who is infected through:

  • respiratory droplets generated when they cough or sneeze;
  • close prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; or
  • touching something with the virus on it then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

The more people a person interacts with at a gathering and the longer an interaction lasts, the higher the risk of transmission.

Organized gatherings are defined as seated events in a rented venue, such as:

  • cultural centres;
  • community centres;
  • convention centres;
  • the Old Fire Hall; and
  • Yukon Arts Centre.

These types of events can include:

  • weddings;
  • celebrations of life; or
  • cultural events.

What else do you need to know?

  • Guests must be seated and not mingling.
  • Organized gatherings are limited to 50 people indoors.
  • 100 people can gather outdoors, with physical distancing.
  • Applications for events involving more than 100 people will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Find out how to submit a request for a larger event.
  • Rental venues should develop an operational plan. Find out how to submit an operation plan.
  • All event guests and organizers have to follow the venue’s operational plan.

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

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

How many people can you include?

Spacing of at least 2 metres (6 feet) should be maintained between guests who are not in the same social bubble.

  • Social gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors, with physical distancing.
  • 50 people can gather outdoors, with physical distancing. 
  • Guests at a social gathering are not always members of your social bubble. 

If you include people outside your social bubble in a social gathering

If you include people from outside of your social bubble in your social gathering, you can only have:

  • 10 people indoors; and
  • 50 people outdoors.

When not to attend

Do not attend an organized or social gathering if you:

  • have any symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19 or other infectious respiratory disease;
  • are required to self-isolate due to travel within the last 14 days;
  • had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19; or
  • have been directed to self-isolate by Yukon Communicable Disease Control.

Feeling sick before, during or after a gathering?

  • Use the COVID-19 self-assessment tool or contact your health care provider for guidance.
  • If you become ill while at an organized or social gathering you should go home immediately. This should be in a private vehicle if possible.

Before you go to a gathering

  • Check with the organizer or venue for information about health and safety guidelines.
  • Guests attending seated events must follow guidelines as outlined in the operational plan.

How to interact with others

  • Minimize gestures that involve close contact such as hugs and hand shakes.
  • Use verbal greetings and wave to other guests.
  • Maintain physical distance and limit contact with people who are not in your social bubble:
    • be particularly mindful in areas where it's harder to keep distance, such as:
      • parking lots; and
      • entry points and exit points.
  • Sit with members of your social bubble as much as possible.
  • Practise proper hygiene, this includes:
    • hand washing;
    • coughing or sneezing into your elbow; and
    • avoiding touching your face.
  • Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items

Wash your hands

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. This is recommended:

  • before eating food; or
  • after touching surfaces such as:
    • hand railings;
    • door handles; and
    • toilets.

Who should stay at home?

Remind guests to stay home if they:

  • are sick;
  • have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19; or
  • travelled to an area which requires self-isolation on return.

What can you do to protect your guests 

  • Post signs at entrances advising guests who arrive with symptoms to return home.
  • Keep the names and contact information of event attendees for contact tracing. Keep the records for a minimum of 21 days.
  • Make sure the room is well-ventilated.
  • Arrange tables and chairs to allow room for physical distancing.

How to promote physical distancing during an organized event

You can promote physical distancing by:

  • assigning seating to ensure members of the same social bubble sit together;
  • limiting movement between tables (guests should not be mixing and mingling);
  • placing signs near entrances that inform guests of the physical distancing measures in place;
  • maintaining a single point of entry into the rental venue;
  • regulating entry, including lines and waiting areas, to prevent congestion;
  • considering use of a 1-way traffic flow;
  • making sure washrooms are available for use at all times.

In the venue

Washrooms

  • Make sure washrooms have liquid soap, paper towels and toilet paper.
  • Make sure warm running water is available.
  • Use single-use hand towels or paper towels for drying hands so guests do not share a towel.
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting washrooms.

Hand sanitizer

  • Make sure hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is available.
  • Have it at entrances and exits of the rental venue for guests.

Cleaning and disinfecting

General cleaning and disinfecting should occur after every event.

  • Organized events can refer to the workplace cleaning and disinfecting guidelines.
  • Hosts of gatherings at home can refer to home cleaning and disinfecting guidelines.
  • Clean and disinfect high traffic areas, surfaces and objects such as door handles, light switches, counters and faucets.
  • If you choose to use items such as tablecloths and linen napkins, wash, clean and sanitize them after the event if they're reusable.
  • Empty garbage bins frequently.
  • Use gloves when removing garbage bags or handling and disposing of trash and wash your hands after taking off your gloves.

Food and drink

  • Limit the number of people handling or serving food.
  • Serve drinks and food directly to guests.
  • Do not provide open self-serve food (including refill stations, condiment stations, salt and pepper shakers, water pitchers, snacks, etc.).

If a bar or food preparation area is open to seating or public areas

Utensils, garnishes and glassware must be 2 metres (6 feet) away from members of the public. If these cannot be away from the public, a physical barrier will protect the area from contamination.

Dancing

Dancing should not occur at gatherings.

Playing instruments and singing

Live music, including singing or use of wind instruments is allowed. It will be subject to the following requirements.

Performing

Live music

Performance of live music should be in an outdoor space if possible. If the performance is indoors it's subject to the following conditions:

  • maintain physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) or a physical barrier between musicians and attendees at all times; and
  • where singing is part of the live music performance, 3.5 metres (12 feet) or a physical barrier must be between performers and attendees.

Karaoke

Karaoke is permitted for solo performers only, or limited to members of the same social bubble.

  • Microphones must be disinfected between uses.
  • Performers may bring and use their own microphone.
  • Singers must be 3.5 metres (12 feet) from other attendees or separated with a physical barrier.

Wind or brass instruments

  • Wind or brass instruments are permitted outdoors only with physical distancing requirements of 2 metres (6 feet).

Keeping people healthy

  • Musicians and performers must be screened for illness prior to each performance. Check the list of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Ensure musicians and performers are practising frequent hand hygiene.
  • Musicians and performers must not share instruments, music stands or other related equipment.
  • If equipment will be shared then it must be sanitized between uses.

Microphones

  • A performer must use their own microphone.
  • 2 or more singers may not share a microphone.
  • Disinfect microphones between users.
Microphone covers

You can use a microphone cover. The cover must be changed between users. Disinfect the microphone before replacing cover.

Many couples have been affected by the pandemic. This has required couples and families to make difficult decisions. Capacity limits for weddings have increased but certain activities will require modification. Other activities or traditions may need to be discontinued.

Weddings are culturally important, but they're high risk for COVID-19 transmission. Care should be taken when preparing for and supervising these events. This will ensure that public health measures, including safe spacing, are observed. Guests with any symptoms must not attend. Care and vigilance can avoid what could otherwise be a disastrous outbreak.

How many people can attend

Indoor wedding ceremonies and receptions are permitted with up to 50 people in attendance. This total includes the couple and officiant. 100 people are permitted to attend outdoor ceremonies and receptions, regardless of the venue capacity.

Ceremony in a place of worship

For a ceremony held in a place of worship, refer to the faith-based services guidelines.

Ceremony in a private venue

For ceremonies and receptions in private venues such as homes and rental venues, refer to the guidance below.

People interacting and physical distancing

  • Physical contact between different bubbles is prohibited. This includes:
    • shaking hands;
    • hugging;
    • touching; or
    • kissing.
  • Guests should keep 2 metres (6 feet) apart when participating in a receiving line.

Ceremonial objects

If ceremonial objects are used, guests should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after touching the object. People should not kiss, embrace, or press their faces on any shared ceremonial objects.

Guest book

Signing of guest books or keepsakes is not recommended. Consider a virtual guest book.

Dancing

  • Dancing should not occur.
  • Ceremonial dances within the same social bubble, such as a couple’s 1st dance or dances with parents, are the only exceptions.

Microphones

If microphones are used for readings or speeches, ensure these are disinfected between users.

You can use a microphone cover. The cover must be changed between users. Disinfect the microphone before replacing cover.

Faith-based services pose a higher risk to spread infection. This is due to:

  • gathering size;
  • sharing of ceremonial objects, food and drink; and
  • singing.

For further guidance, refer to the faith-based services guidelines.

Funerals

COVID-19 has changed the way Yukoners live and work, including how we grieve. Honouring loved ones and holding funeral services will look different during the pandemic. Public health measures have made it difficult to celebrate the lives of those we lost.

Funerals are culturally important, but they're high risk for COVID-19 transmission. Care should be taken when preparing for and supervising these events. This will ensure that public health measures, including safe spacing, are observed. Guests with any symptoms must not attend. Care and vigilance can avoid what could otherwise be a disastrous outbreak.

People, families and communities can be kept safe. This can happen while we honour the passing of loved ones and community members. Refer to the funeral and death care services guidelines for more information.