New Wedding Restrictions With New Ontario Lock Down

The Premier of Ontario Doug Ford, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, has declared a province-wide state of emergency and stay at home rule effective Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 12:01 am, under which

…the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for permitted purposes or activities, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for work where the work cannot be done remotely. This order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people’s mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household. In addition to limiting outings for these purposes, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.” –

Our understanding of how the state of emergency and stay-at-home order affects the professional wedding vendors and suppliers of the Ottawa-Gatineau region is as follows:

Wedding Ceremonies:

  • Wedding ceremony services, where physical distancing can be maintained and in compliance with rules on face coverings and social gathering limits, may be permitted under and subject to certain conditions.
  • We advise that you and/or your clients check with the local bylaw office to confirm.

Wedding Venue / Private Receptions and Events:

  • No public or private social gathers unless from the same household.
  • A maximum of 5 people, from different households, may gather at any one time.
  • These restrictions apply to both indoor and/or outdoor gatherings.
  • Event facilities and meeting spaces are closed to the public.
  • Restaurant facilities are closed to the public.

The OGWIA will continue to monitor and share any new or additional information presented by the Province as it is updated and released to the public. We advise you and your clients to err on the side of caution at this time. Be safe, stay home, keep healthy!

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