Here are Ontario's official Thanksgiving guidelines and rules for 2021
Thanksgiving weekend is now just days away for Ontario residents, and this year — unlike last — the provincial government has issued a set of clear and descriptive guidelines for celebrating the holiday.
All current public health safety measures under Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen will stay in place this long weekend, which means that gathering limits are still capped at 25 people indoors and 100 people outside.
This is a moderate improvement over what was allowed in 2020, when Ontarians were encouraged only to celebrate Thanksgiving with members of their own household (despite gathering limits at the time of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors.)
Should you want to host a 25-person sit-down dinner to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving this year, you can do that — but Ontario's top doctor would encourage you to reconsider.
"The fewer people who gather, the lower the risk of transmission," said Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore on Thursday when announcing the guidelines for 2021.
"And outdoor gatherings are always safer, so use outdoor spaces whenever possible."
NEW - Dr. Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health releases guidelines for Thanksgiving. Says Ontarians can safely celebrate with those not in their household but should follow the following guidelines. pic.twitter.com/uNMwKaSCk6— Richard Southern (@richard680news) October 7, 2021
Moore clarified that, when gathering outdoors with a group of fully vaccinated individuals, no face covering or physical distancing is necessary.
People attending outdoor gatherings with multiple households or where anyone is unvaccinated, however, should keep their masks on if physical distancing can't be maintained.
"When gathering indoors with a group of fully vaccinated individuals, you consider removing your face covering if everyone is comfortable," said Moore.
"But, if you gather indoors with people from multiple households who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or you don't know whether they've been vaccinated, you should wear a face covering and [be] physical distancing."
While not everyone agrees with the advice, it's all pretty straightforward and practical — more practical at least than Ford's instructions last year to "use your best judgement."
So the CMOH just said you can pack a house, but please don't— kyle (@notkent) October 7, 2021
Wearing a mask, while not vax'd (EVERYONE <12), will be interesting when it comes to the eating part of the holiday
Not needing to mask when vax'd totally isn't opening the door to say schools, workplaces, etc. https://t.co/W31Ch6rk4e
The government is still encouraging people to consider virtual gatherings for the holiday, but made clear that you may have a gathering with people beyond the members of your own household this time around.
Here are the government's official guidelines for hosting a Thanksgiving party in person for 2021:
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