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OPP Enforcing New Social Gathering Limits this Weekend

Police will be watching for outdoor social gatherings of more than 25 people and indoor social gatherings of more than 10 people this weekend.

ONTARIO - The OPP are going to be stepping up enforcement in an effort to limit the transmission of COVID-19. 

They are reminding everyone of the new social gathering limits that came into effect on September 19: 

- Indoor events or gatherings: 10 people (previous limit of 50)

- Outdoor events or gatherings: 25 people (previous limit of 100)

This applies to social gatherings in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas. This includes, functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, barbecues and wedding receptions.

The new limits do not apply to events or gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities since they must already follow specific public health and safety guidelines to minimize risk and limit the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, police officers now have the authority to temporarily close any premises where they have reasonable grounds to believe that a gathering or event is in violation of any gathering limits.

The OPP encourages everyone to do their part to support our health care system and workers at this difficult time and minimize the impact of COVID-19 in all of our communities. For all non-emergency police matters - including allegations of non-compliance - contact your municipal by-law office, call the OPP non-emergency number at 1-888-310-1122 or your local detachment.

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