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Weddings, places of worship and funerals

Weddings

During the ceremony, a maximum of 250 people are allowed inside. If the ceremony is held outdoors, a maximum of 500 may attend. These limits do not include celebrants or ministers in or outside the building. However, while the vaccination passport is required for the ceremony, physical distancing and the capacity limit are no longer required.

In either case, it is permitted to be standing and not to have a seated or assigned place.

Masks or face coverings must be worn inside. Physical distancing must also be maintained between people from different residences , if the vaccination passport is not required.

The reception or banquet following the wedding ceremony is limited to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors, regardless of location. However, receptions held in private homes or on private property must follow the rules for those locations. Indoors, the maximum number of guests is 10 or the occupants of three residences. Outside, the maximum is 20 people or the occupants of three residences.

Vaccination passports may be necessary if the ceremony or reception is in a location that requires vaccination passports, such as a restaurant, distillery, microbrewery, casino, botanical garden, or on a cruise. For a list of all locations and activities requiring a vaccination passport, see the Places and activities requiring the COVID-19 Vaccination Passport page.

Places of worship

Maximum 250 people inside and 500 people outside. If the place of worship occupies an entire building, the limit applies to the building.

Wearing a face cover is mandatory, except when eating or drinking. A physical distance of 1 m must be maintained between people, unless they are occupants of the same private residence. However, if the vaccination passport is required, physical distancing and the capacity limit are no longer required. Wearing a face covering remains required at all times, except for eating or drinking.

In either case, it is permitted to be standing and not to have a seated or assigned place.

The measures for funerals and weddings also apply to places of worship where these ceremonies are held. 

Wearing a face covering remains required at all times, except for eating or drinking.

Vaccination passports are not necessary to attend places of worship, unless the number of people present exceeds 250 inside or 500 outside or the activity taking place there requires a passport. For example, the passport is required if the venue is rented for a performance. See the list of activities requiring a vaccination passport.

Funerals

During the viewing of the body or ashes of the deceased, as well as during the expression of condolences to the next of kin, it is permitted to have 50 people at the same time inside the premises. Wearing of a face covering remains required at all times, except for eating or drinking.

During the ceremony, a maximum of 250 people may attend a funeral if it is held indoors. If it is held outdoors, the maximum is 500. Respecting a physical distance of 1 m between the participants and wearing a face covering remains required at all times, except for eating or drinking. The limits on the number of participantsexcludes funeral home workers and volunteers inside or outside the funeral home.If the vaccination passport is required for the ceremony, physical distancing and the capacity limit are no longer mandatory.

For the reception following the ceremony, the rules applicable to private activities in a public place apply. If this reception is held in a location that requires a vaccination passport, such as a restaurant, the vaccination passport will be required. For a list of all locations and activities requiring a vaccination passport, see the Places and activities requiring the COVID-19 vaccination passport page.

If the viewing of the body or ashes of the deceased, the expression of condolences to the next of kin as well as the reception takes place in a home or on private property, the rules applicable to gatherings in private homes apply.

Last update: November 15, 2021

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