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COVID-19 Gathering Restrictions


9/21/2020 11:21:32 AM

Effective September 19, 2020 the new maximum number of people permitted to attend organized public events and social gatherings within South-West Oxford, except where the event is held at a place or operated by a business or organization, is reduced to:

  • 10 people indoors (previous limit was 50) and;
  • 25 people outdoors (previous limit was 100).

These new limits include parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs and wedding receptions (but not ceremonies) held in private residences, such as backyards, parks and recreational areas. Also note, new Provincial indoor and outdoor gathering limits described above cannot be combined to form a new capacity limit. For example, 10 people cannot be inside and 25 people cannot be outside to form 35.

Monitored Events: includes gatherings or organized public events held at a place operated by a business or organization. This includes gatherings or events held in staffed business such as cinemas, restaurants, gyms, performing arts centers, and recreational sporting events. With monitored events, previous guidelines are in place (including gatherings of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors).

Given the new Provincial guidelines all community hall rentals for the: (1) Brownsville Community Complex (2) Dereham Centre Hall (3) Mount Elgin Hall (4) Foldens Hall (5) Salford Hall are cancelled until further notice.

Social Circles:As the fight against COVID-19 continues, social circles remain the safest way for residents in South-West Oxfordto expand the number of people they can come in close contact with, without having to physical distance. To form a safe social circle, we should all follow these five simple steps:

  1. Start with your current circle: the people you live with or who regularly come into your household.
  2. If your current circle is under 10 people, you can add members to your circle, including another household, family members or friends.
  3. Get agreement from everyone that they will join the circle.
  4. Keep your social circle safe. To protect it, maintain physical distancing with anyone outside of your circle.
  5. Be true to your social circle. No one should be part of more than one circle.

Everyone living in the same household is in a social circle. People in the same social circle do not have to physically distance and can hug and touch each other. Whether in a social gathering or as part of a social 'circle' it remains critical that wecontinue following public health advice to help stop the spread .

  • Staying home when ill, or keeping your child home from school when ill, even with mild symptoms.
  • Maintaining physical distancing with anyone outside of your (maximum 10 person) social circle.
  • Protecting your social circle.
  • Adhering to gathering limits and rules.
  • Regular and thorough handwashing.
  • Wearing a face covering indoors and outdoors where physical distancing is a challenge or required.

For additional information please visit Southwestern Public Health website


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The Township oversees 87,588 acres with a population of 7,544 and we have Canada’s busiest highway in our front yard! With a rich agricultural heritage, please stop by and enjoy our diverse Township. 

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