Advice for Gatherings and Events

Last modified: 
03/03/2021 - 13:34

To limit the spread of COVID 19, we have put in place public health measures and restrictions for gatherings and events.

The actions that we are taking will help protect residents – especially our elderly and other vulnerable populations.

For more information, see:

Gatherings include:

  • Feasts
  • Organized outdoor and indoor events (drum dances, hand games, jamborees, festivals, hamlet days, etc.)
  • Faith based services / events
  • Bingos/Chase the Ace

Please see guidance for hosting 2021 spring carnivals and jamborees

This means for everyone:

  • Households may have a maximum of 5 additional persons visit at any given time – to a maximum of 10 persons in the house. If you have a household of 2, you can have a total of 7 persons in the house. If you have a household of 6, you can only have 4 persons come over. You can establish a friendship circle for indoor visitors to your house.
  • If you are caring for someone, you must limit your time inside their living space as much as you can.
  • If a loved one has passed away, you cannot have an indoor funeral. However a small outdoor funeral or burial service is allowed. For information see Funeral and Burial Services.
  • You can keep in touch with your friends by video chat, phone, social media, or group chat for a while.
  • No outdoor get-togethers where people stand close together with people who you do not live with. If you have 50 people or less there, you must all always keep two metres apart, otherwise it is illegal.
  • If you are on-the-land, your tent is the same as being inside a house.
  • When you are out in public, you must always keep two metres away from people.
  • You can still go for a walk with your friend – but you need to keep at least two metres apart the entire time.

Public events


Organized public events such as community feasts, barbeques, outdoor small concerts, and outdoor bingo are allowed for up to a maximum of 50 people, and if appropriate public health measures are in place. 


Organized indoor events not held at households like banquets and receptions can be held with a maximum of 25 people as long as appropriate public health measures like physical distancing and hand-washing are in-place.


Organizations and individuals can apply to have capacity increased for their events. A plan will need to be submitted to Protect NWT to demonstrate appropriate distancing and public health measures will be in-place. For more information, see applying for exemptions.

Faith-based gatherings

Faith-based gatherings are restricted to a maximum of 25 people and you must comply with the public health measures.


Campgrounds, including private campgrounds and public campgrounds within a Territorial Park that accommodate overnight camping can open.

Public parks and recreational areas

Municipal parks, beaches, playgrounds, and outdoor cook shelters are open. People can attend public parks and outdoor recreational areas if they practice physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet).

Indoor cook shelters and public washrooms that have showers are located in public parks will remain closed.


All childcare arrangements – whether it is at a day home, daycare, or done by a family member who regularly visits your home – are allowed.

Existing child custody arrangements

All existing child custody arrangements will be respected - no gathering order will restrict arrangements involving children and their parents/guardian. 

What do we do if we see a person not following the rules?

Contact Protect NWT – the contact centre for our Compliance and Enforcement Taskforce – to report your credible, specific complaint. It will be investigated, and appropriate action will be taken. Email or call 8-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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