CPA Public Affairs
August 2020

UPDATE: Trainers - stay current on gathering limitations for provinces

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Provinces continue to adjust their limitation gatherings across Canada. Physical distancing is recommended in all gatherings, and in most cases face masks, are recommended where distancing cannot be maintained.

Please refer to CPA's Best practices recommended during COVID-19 - Measures for Reopening your Retail Operations, produced to assist you in hosting a training session during COVID-19. 

British Columbia

Inside bubble – includes members of your immediate household

Outside your bubble – 6 people maximum

Public gatherings – 50 maximum



Private gatherings in homes – 10

Public gatherings – indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed in some public places. As in other circumstances, a distance of 2 metres between people is required.

A a distance of 1.5 metres between people is allowed in “places where people are seated, are relatively stationary and do not talk much or at all"

All economic activites can resume exept regular vacation camps with accommodation.

*As a result of the improvement in the overall epidemiological situation, Québec students will be able to attend school in person in the fall of 2020.

Each new school year is unique. For the 2020-2021 school year, as was the case last spring, Quebecers and the education network will be required to adapt to new developments. All the necessary measures will be taken to ensure the safety and educational success of students.



Indoor social gatherings – 50 people maximum

Audience-type community outdoor events – 200 maximum

Outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events – 100 maximum

*NO cap on the number of people for: worship gatherings, resaurants, cafes, lounges, bars, casinos and bingo halls.



Prince Edward Island

Personal gatherings - 15 indoor and 20 outdoor

Large organized gatherings - 50

For indoor and outdoor facilities with separate rooms or large spaces that can accommodate more than one gathering at a time, multiple gatherings to a maximum of 100 people are allowed. 


Extended household groups – 15 (includes three to five families or friends who remain consistent to the group)

Indoor – 30

Outdoor – 30

*The total number of people participating in a worship gathering cannot exceed 30 per cent of seating capacity or 150 people, whichever is less.

New Brunswick

Household bubble - extended to close family and friends

Outdoor – 50

Proceeding with Stage 4

Indoor – 50

Outdoor – 100

Maintaining current site capacity at 30 per cent for faith-based services, pow wows, but eliminating the need for sub-groups (cohorts);

Allowing stage performances and opening movie theatres to a maximum capacity of 30 per cent of the site, up to a maximum of 500 people;

Allowing casinos to open at a maximum of 30 per cent of the site’s capacity;

*These limits also apply to social gatherings, worship, weddings and funerals, as well as pow wows and other Indigenous cultural and spiritual events.

**Public health orders that apply for the Prairie Mountain Health region were issued on August 24, 2020. Businesses, other facilities and organizations should review the order to determine how they can safely operate and if there are any requirements they need to implement. For these and other additional details, see the order.

Nova Scotia

Gathering limit without social distancing – 10 people

Gathering limit with social distancing for social events – 50 people maximum indoors and outdoors

Indoor gathering limit with social distancing for social events – 50% of the venue's capacity (up to 200 people maximum indoors)

Outdoor gathering limit with social distancing for social events – 250 people maximum

Gathering limit for businesses and organizations that can’t maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) because their physical space is too small – 10 customers or clients maximum without social distancing (keep as much social distancing as possible)


Regions in Stage 3:
Indoor: 50
Outdoor: 100

Religious gatherings – 30% of building capacity

Social circles to be kept to a maximum of 10 people province-wide, regardless of stage.

*Facilities can now have up to 50 guests for each indoor meeting room or event space within the facility. The facility would have to adhere to a plan approved by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. The current indoor gathering limit will now apply on a per meeting room or event space basis at professional meeting and event facilities, including convention centres, hotels, motels, resorts, banquet halls and conference centres.

Outdoor meeting and event facilities remain subject to the 100-person gathering limit for the entire outdoor area. Capacity limits exclude employees or event personnel. For more information click here.

Newfoundland & Labrador

Extended bubble – Up to 6 people can be added to an existing double bubble

Outdoor gatherings – up to 50 people

Indoor gathering limit with 2 metres of physical distancing for social events, sports and physical activity, recreational activities, faith gatherings, weddings, funerals, arts and culture events, movies in cinema auditoriums, festivals and special events that are run by a recognized business or organization – 50% of the venue’s capacity up to 100 people maximum indoors.

Outdoor gathering limit with 2 metres of physical distancing for social events, sports and physical activity, recreational activities, faith gatherings, weddings, funerals, arts and culture events, festivals and special events that are run by a recognized business or organization – 100 people maximum outdoors.

Organizers of gatherings will be required to keep a record of all persons who attended the gathering for two weeks after the event, for contact tracing purposes.





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