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Safer Social Interactions

You can visit outdoors with up to the same 10 people. Keep practising COVID-19 prevention when meeting outdoors. Limit indoor social activities to the people you live with.

Last updated: March 29, 2021

Social interaction and getting together with others in person is important to our wellbeing. At this time, you can visit outdoors with up to 10 people. Stick to the same 10 people and stay outside. You can get together in outdoor public spaces or backyards. You must limit indoor gatherings to the people you live with. Learn more about the province-wide restrictions.

What if I live alone? 
If you live alone, you can spend time indoors with one or two people who live in a different household who are part of your core "bubble" such as a partner, relative, close friend, or co-parent. Keep these people consistent and think of them as your immediate household.

Getting Together Outside

  • You can visit with up to 10 people in outdoor public spaces or your own yard
  • It needs to be the same 10 people 
  • COVID-19 prevention is still important. Continue to physically distance (between households), clean hands regularly, and wear a mask when you can’t keep two metres apart.
Learn more about current restrictions on outdoor sports for adults and youth on the province-wide restrictions page.

Getting Together Inside

Host virtual meetings, hangouts, family dinners or playdates for your kids to stay in touch.

You can continue to engage in social activities like going to a restaurant with the people you live with.

Restaurants are closed for indoor dining but can remain open for patio dining, take-out and delivery. You should only visit a restaurant patio with people in your household or core bubble if you live alone. Remember, a maximum of six people at a table. You will be required to wear a mask when you are not seated at a table. Learn more about the province-wide restrictions for restaurants, pubs and bars.

Remember – the less time you spend inside the better!

To make eating in restaurants safer

  • Pick a restaurant that has lots of space between tables.
  • Try not to share condiments. Some restaurants offer single-use condiments, so you don’t have to touch shared ones.
  • Choose separate meals; avoid sharing food and utensils and avoid family style eating when possible. If this is not feasible, ask for separate sets of serving utensils to allow sharing safely
  • Wash your hands when you get to the restaurant, and before you leave (or use hand sanitizer if hand washing is not possible). 
  • Opt for takeout and eat outside or at home.
Wearing a non-medical, cloth mask, is now required by customers in all indoor public spaces such as shopping malls, grocery stores, and other retail settings. 

Money carries lots of germs because so many people touch it. Although there are no documented cases or clusters related to COVID-19 transmission by cash and coin payment, you should clean your hands often if you deal with money.

Here are some easy ways to increase the safety of paying for items when you’re shopping:
  • Call or email the store ahead of time to ask if you can pre-pay and get your receipt electronically. Pick up your items quickly and maintain social distancing.
  • Try to use touch-free payment methods when possible, such as debit cards, credit cards, or mobile phones.

Staying active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and many people during this time are opting to exercise outdoors rather than go to their local gym or fitness facility. Exercising outdoors (on your own) is the safest option, but if you choose to go to the gym there are a few things to remember. For now, only individual or one-on-one indoor fitness with a personal trainer is allowed; all indoor group fitness, including low-intensity activities like yoga and stretching, is suspended. Learn more about province-wide restrictions on group exercise and gyms and recreation facilities.

When you pack a bag to go to the gym, make sure to bring items that you might normally use communally. 
  • A full water bottle 
  • Hand sanitizer to ensure you have a way to clean your hands between the use of different pieces of equipment (if hand washing is not possible). 
  • Personal items for use in the change rooms (such as hairdryers, deodorant, soaps, etc.). 
  • Your own towel (rather than those provided by a linen service). 
  • If you use equipment during your workout, bring your own if possible (such as helmets, racquets, goggles, yoga mats, gloves, weight belts, ankle guards, etc.)
When at the gym, don’t share water bottles or other drinks, choose exercises that keep you in the same spot and at least 2 metres away from others, and clean or disinfect equipment after use – wait for equipment surfaces to air dry naturally before using. Wash your hands before and after a workout and use hand sanitizer when transitioning between pieces of equipment.

If you use the services of a personal trainer, consider the use of technology for virtual training where possible. If you are meeting with your trainer in person, avoid physical contact during sessions and maintain physical distance. Avoid activities that necessitate close contact (e.g., needing spotters during weight training, sparring in martial arts, and games in contact sports). 

Learn more about current restrictions on exercise and indoor sports for adults and youth on the province-wide restrictions page.


  • Physical distancing is always important when you are with people outside your social group. Keeping a physical distance is the most effective way of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
  • Be patient – you might have to wait longer than usual – for bathrooms, shops or restaurants, or for your children to use playground equipment.
  • Avoid spending time in person if someone is feeling unwell - If any member of your household or social group is sick, or thinks they might be sick, they should not be spending time, in person, with others. People who have symptoms should refer to the COVID-19 testing information to determine if testing is appropriate and follow self-isolation guidelines.
  • Keep a record of the people you spend time with – in the event someone does get COVID-19, knowing who you spent time with and where you've been will help public health with contact tracing
  • Practice good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. Try to have hand sanitizer with you when you go out and cough or sneeze into your elbow. Wash your hands before you leave your home and as soon as you return.

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