Registrar’s Directive: Stage 3 Attendance Limits

Effective Friday, July 17, 2020, areas that enter Stage 3 of Ontario’s re-opening plan are subject to the following attendance limits:

Indoor funeral services and visitations are limited to 30 per cent of the capacity of the room, while maintaining two-metre physical distancing between attendees. (This is unchanged from the previous Registrar’s Directive of June 13.) All other requirements of the previous Registrar’s Directive remain in effect. (One staff per 10 attendees, guestbook, etc.) 

Outdoor funeral services and visitations including graveside services are limited to a maximum of 100 attendees. Funeral Directors must have sufficient numbers of staff present to ensure physical distancing is maintained. Cemeteries are permitted to restrict attendance numbers to less than the maximum. (Funeral professionals should confirm these restrictions in advance of the service.)  

As per the Registrar’s Directive, effective July 8:  Wearing a mask or face coverings remains mandatory for all persons (funeral staff and attendees) inside all funeral establishments or any other indoor setting where a funeral or visitation is held in the following public health jurisdictions:

  • Windsor-Essex County
  • Chatham-Kent
  • Lambton
  • Middlesex-London
  • Haldimand-Norfolk
  • Niagara
  • Hamilton
  • Region of Waterloo
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph
  • Halton
  • Peel
  • Toronto
  • York
  • Simcoe-Muskoka
  • Durham
  • Haliburton-Kawartha-Pine Ridge
  • Leeds-Grenville-Lanark
  • Ottawa

Wearing a mask or face covering is strongly advised at all funerals or visitations in all other jurisdictions.

Areas entering Stage 3 on Friday are listed in the Government of Ontario’s July 13 announcement. All other areas of the province remain in Stage 2 until further notice from the government.

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