Shomporko Desk:-Ontario is permitting larger groups at wedding and funeral ceremonies because the province says they acknowledge “the importance of being with cherished ones for the duration of the moments that count most.”
In a news release on Saturday, the province announced that indoor wedding ceremonies and funeral venues are allowed to perform at a maximum of 30 per cent capacity. Outdoor ceremonies could be limited to 50 attendees.
The new measures, which went into effect on Friday, only apply to ceremonies. Receptions will still be limited to the 10-person restriction put in place this week when the province increased the limit on gatherings from five.
“As we loosen these measures, I strongly urge everyone to remain careful and cautious as we are all still at risk,” said Ontario’s Health Minister Christine Elliott, in the release.
The province said proper health and safety advice needs to be followed in all instances, including physical distancing from those who are not in the same household or in their established 10-person social circle, a new measure put in place on Friday by the provincial government.
Meanwhile, Ontario reported 266 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, an increase from Friday’s record low. The number, however, marks the seventh straight day that the province has reported fewer than 300 cases.
The 0.8 per cent increase brings the total number of cases in the province to 31,992, with 83 per cent of those classified as resolved.