Friday, July 17, 2020

On March 28, 2020, the Ontario government issued an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. As of June 12, 2020, the limit on social gatherings was increased from five to 10 people across the province, regardless of whether a region had moved to Stage 2 of the province’s reopening framework.

This week, the Ontario Government announced that effective July 17, 2020, the social gathering limits for organized events in regions allowed to move to Stage 3 have increased as follows:

  • Increase to a maximum of 50 people for indoor events.
  • Increase to a maximum of 100 people for outdoor events.

Gathering limits are subject to physical distancing requirements.

The AGCO is accepting applications for Special Occasion Permits and Auction Authorizations for events that meet the above social gathering limits and are located in a region that is in Stage 3.

Please note the gathering limit for regions in Stage 2 continues to be 10 people for indoor and outdoor events.

Applications related to prohibited public events and social gatherings will not be processed until after the emergency order has been lifted or modified.

Learn how the Ministry of Health is helping to keep Ontarians safe during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak.

Please consider these guidelines and all other government-issued protocols as part of your event planning process, and when applying for a Special Occasion Permit of any size.

For more information on prohibited events and restrictions that will remain in place during Stage 3, visit

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