how many people can gather now

This is how many people can gather in each province across Canada right now

With provinces in Canada slowly reopening this month, the rules of how many people can gather are changing rapidly — so here's the latest social distancing rules that you should know about now.

British Columbia

The province currently prohibits large gatherings of more than 50 people, and health officials are encouraging residents to stick to gatherings of two to six people.

And if you're dying to hug family members that you haven't seen in ages, then there's good news; Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has given the green light for "play dates" and "dinners" with those six people.


The province currently allows indoor gatherings of 15 people and gatherings of no more than 50 people outdoors.

Exceptions to those rules can be made for select workplaces, places of worship, and restaurants.

The government is still asking residents to keep their distance, though; even gatherings of under 15 people "must follow physical distancing and other guidance."

In other words, hugging friends and family outside of your household is still off the table.


The province is limiting all gatherings to a maximum of 10 people for the first two phases of its reopening plan.

When the province enters Phase 3, which is tentatively scheduled for June 8, the government plans to increase indoor gatherings to 15 people and outdoor gatherings to 30 people.


As of May 22, the provincial government permits indoor gatherings of up to 25 people.

The province also allows outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people, so long as the gathering is at a "premise where members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others."

Members of the same household don't need to distance from one another, but health officials still recommend avoiding contact with friends or family where possible.

"People socializing together at indoor or outdoor public settings (e.g., restaurants, bars, patios), as well as at private events (e.g. weddings, funerals), are advised to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household," the government website says.


The province has extended its emergency orders, which means that all gatherings are limited to five people until June 9, with the exception of funerals (10 people) and certain religious gatherings.

Residents may continue to hug people in their household, but should avoid coming within two metres of anyone else where possible.


As of May 22, the provincial government allows outdoor gatherings of no more than 10 people. Those people must come from a maximum of three households.

You can hug those ten people, but you must keep a distance of at least two metres from all others.

The use of a face mask is "strongly recommended."

Newfoundland and Labrador

The province is now letting residents "double bubble," which means that two households can come into close contact, if both of them mutually agree to do so.

You still can't come within two metres outside of that bubble, however, so choose who you want to double bubble with carefully.

New Brunswick

The province is similarly operating on a "double bubble" system, where two households can interact closely with one another.

On June 5, the province (with the exception of the Campbellton region) will also allow outdoor gatherings and indoor religious services of 50 people or fewer. Physical distancing must be maintained for both.

Prince Edward Island

The province currently allows outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, and indoor gatherings of up to five people for "activities such as watching a movie and/or socializing."

The province continues to encourage physical distancing from any member outside of your household, although the government notes that you may hug "one or two members" outside of your household, should you choose to.

Nova Scotia

The province is limiting all gatherings to five people or less, although residents are also allowed to form a "double bubble" with another family, if they choose to.

The government asks residents to maintain a distance of two metres from any person that isn't a part of their household.

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