More people allowed to attend weddings and funerals in Ontario
As phase two of reopening the economy kicks in across most of Ontario, more people in the province will be allowed to attend weddings and funerals.
In a release from the Ministry of Health Saturday morning, the Ford government made the announcement based on the recent run it calls "positive public health trends".
For indoor weddings or funerals, the amount of people allowed to attend will be a maximum of 30 percent of the venue's capacity.
For outdoor events, 50 people will be the maximum allowed.
However, that is only for the ceremony. The reception is still capped at 10 people, max.
And in either case, the government reiterated that proper physical and social distancing protocols already in place, must continue to be observed.
"With recent progress to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are able to ease restrictions on these special ceremonies," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "We have taken deliberate steps to increase testing and increase our ability to track and contain this virus. As we loosen these measures, I strongly urge everyone to remain careful and cautious as we are all still at risk."
The changes came into effect on Friday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. The maximum number of people allowed to attend indoor or outdoor wedding and funeral receptions remains at 10 people. As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves in Ontario, further direction will be provided on capacity restrictions for weddings and funerals going forward.