Ottawa COVID-19 Wedding Regulations

This is a regularly updated post about the Ottawa COVID-19 Wedding Regulations. All information is pulled from Ottawa Public Health and up to date on current rules. 

Last Updated : November 10th, 2020 Tweet

COVID Weddings in Ottawa

The current Ottawa COVID-19 Wedding Regulations state that a wedding can only hold 50 guests indoors and 100 guests outdoors. Social distancing and mask wearing MUST be followed. 

If necessary, masks can be removed for such things as:

  • Making a speech
  • Saying your Vows
  • Performing a first dance 
  • Walking down the aisle – with physical distancing maintained
  • Taking pictures, as long as it is not for a large group, indoors
 

Please remember to stay safe, and if you don’t feel comfortable attending a wedding, it’s okay to say no. 

At a venue, not only are you risking a fine for breaking these rules, you are risking that the venue and staff face a fine and potential closure of their facility.  It is a 10,000$ fine for breaking the gathering limit and a 240$ fine for individuals (460$ for business owners who fail to enforce the rule) not wearing a mask without just cause.

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Ottawa Public Health advises against loud singing or speeches in an indoor setting. If you choose to do so, you need to be following provincial regulations and social distancing guidelines. 

Suggestions as solutions to avoid this:

  • Wear a mask
  • Use a microphone 
  • Frequent cleaning of the area
  • Sanitization Stations
  • Improving Ventilation

Private Weddings

The current Ottawa COVID-19 Wedding Regulations state that only 10 people are permitted indoors at any point. Social distancing and mask wearing MUST be followed. 

Outdoors, a maximum of 25 people can attend, providing that they can properly following social distancing and Mask wearing rules. 

You cannot combine the number of guests for a total of 35. For example, you cannot have 25 guests outdoors + 10 guests indoors. 

At a venue, not only are you risking a fine for breaking these rules, you are risking that the venue and staff face a fine and potential closure of their facility.  It is a 10,000$ fine for breaking the gathering limit and a 240$ fine for individuals not wearing a mask without just cause.

Ottawa COVID Wedding Regulations

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These rules are only for the following locations in Ontario:

Ottawa, Peel & Toronto

Remember that no matter where you are gathering and celebrating your wedding, please comply with social distancing and mask wearing regulations of your area. Your family and friends as well as your vendors deserve to feel safe and protected during these times. 

This is an example of contact tracing from a recent wedding in Ottawa that did not comply with these regulations.

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