Gatherings, Businesses and Events

Last modified: 
10/29/2021 - 13:09

Some gatherings are higher risk for COVID-19 transmission. Gatherings are safest when they have good air ventilation, space for safe distancing and everyone attending is vaccinated. This guidance is applicable to all NWT communities that are not under temporary restrictions. Check to see if your community is under any temporary restrictions here.

Gathering Limits

The following gathering limits will be effective on October 22, 2021.

Outdoor Gatherings

  • Up to 50 people are permitted to gather in an outdoor location.
  • Distancing is required between individuals from different groups.

Indoor (Non-household) Gatherings

  • Up to 25 people are permitted in an indoor (non-household) location
  • Distancing is required between individuals from different groups.

Indoor Household Gatherings

  • Private households can have up to five visitors at one time to a maximum of 10 people unless all eligible household members and visitors are fully vaccinated.
  • If all eligible visitors and household members are fully vaccinated, up to 25 people are can gather in a household, including household members.
    • o Fully vaccinated households that have unvaccinated children under 12 can still have gatherings of up to 25 people, since children under 12 are not eligible to be vaccinated, however anyone 12 and older must be fully vaccinated.
  • Distancing is not required for household gatherings but is encouraged.

Essential Businesses

  • Essential businesses may exceed these gathering limits provided they follow the indoor masking and other requirement of health respiratory practices and comply with any conditions that may be imposed by the Chief Public Health Officer.

Additional Approvals

An approved Application to Vary from Public Health Order Requirements is required:

  1. For outdoor gatherings of more than 50 people
  2. For indoor gatherings of more than 25 people
  3. If you want to limit the distancing requirements for your gathering; or
  4. Any sized gathering that includes high-risk activities. High-risk activities include:
    • Indoor dancing
    • Indoor singing
    • Indoor playing of wind and brass instruments
    • Traditional hand games
    • Indoor contact Sports
    • Indoor swimming
    • Indoor winter sports
    • Indoor High Intensity Fitness Classes
    • Funerals and weddings

Sports groups and players should follow national guidance for COVID-19 mitigation.

Submit an Application to Vary from Public Health Order Requirements

How to safely operate your business or event

  1. Complete a risk assessment and worksite precaution planning for your organization
    • Even if a business or event does not require an approved plan, it is recommended that organizers, business owners, operators and residents complete their own risk assessment.
  2. Complete and implement an exposure control plan to mitigate the risks identified in your risk assessment
    • Businesses and event organizers should complete or update their exposure control plan to eliminate or minimize worker exposures to COVID-19
    • Have this plan available, as it may be requested by a Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) staff member

The exposure control plan and risk assessment will help you identify the types of measures you can apply to reduce the COVID-19 risk related to your event or establishment.