Activity exemptions

The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer will consider exemptions for activities that seek to vary from some terms of the current Public Health Orders. An activity exemption is required for indoor and outdoor gatherings of more than 200 people, and high-risk activities.

Apply for an exemption

  1. Complete and submit the WSCC Risk/Hazard Assessments and WSCC Exposure Control Plan. These are used to identify risks to employees/attendees/the public, and identify how the venue/business will mitigate or reduce these risks.
  2. Complete and submit the Application to Vary from Public Health Order Requirements Form to your application as early as possible as it takes an average of 10 business days to process applications.
  3. Provide additional documentation including measures that you will take to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

    For sporting events and activities: include guidance from your sport’s national governing body (where possible) on addressing the risks associated with COVID-19 transmission.
  4. The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer will review your application and will follow up with you if they have questions.

    You will receive a letter/email from the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer informing you if your application has been approved and if any additional public health measures must be taken.

If your business/organization already has approval from the OCPHO to hold a high-risk activity, you do not need to reapply unless the activity has changed. Businesses can apply for an exemption to host multiple events of the same type in a specific venue rather than having to apply for each individual event.

Questions about the process can be directed to Organizations should complete the WSCC Exposure Control Plan before reaching out to Environmental Health as working through that process helps you identify risks and mitigations or measure you can take to reduce them.