In recognition of the importance of observing Remembrance Day, the following guidelines have been developed for event organizers and participants to help ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved.
- Wherever possible, organizers should provide an option for virtual attendance using online streaming services.
- Organizers are responsible for managing the positioning and directional flow of attendees to encourage physical distancing and minimize crowding.
- Provide enough time for attendees to arrive prior to the ceremony in order to minimize lineups. Where lineups may form, provide markings to ensure physical distancing while waiting in line.
- Attendees should be provided instructions for safe entry and exit from the event using public address systems, where possible.
- Provide hand sanitizer approved by Health Canada (DIN or NPN number) at entrances and outside of washrooms.
- Non-medical masks (e.g. cloth or other materials) are recommended where two metres of physical distancing is unpredictable or cannot be maintained, including organizers, event staff, volunteers and those participating in the ceremonies.
- Contactless payment options for poppy sales should be considered, where possible.
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of any common touch items is required.
- Food service, where provided, must follow the Restaurant and Licensed Establishments Guidelines.
- Musical performances, including The Last Post, must follow the Performing Arts Guidelines.
Capacity Limits – Indoor Venues
- Indoor venues that have been previously approved to accommodate crowds exceeding the gathering limits in the Public Health Order (e.g. places of worship, rodeo and racing venues, movie theatres) can welcome up to 150 people (not including event staff or those involved in the ceremonies) provided two metres of physical distancing can be maintained at all times between non-household/extended household groups. Ceremony organizers should contact the Business Response Team at 1-844-800-8688 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any questions on the eligibility of venues for Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Capacity Limits – Outdoor Venues
- Event organizers can create areas for ceremonies in outdoor spaces (e.g. municipal parks with cenotaphs), but attendance must be limited to 150 people (not including event staff or those involved in the ceremonies). Markings must be in place to allow for physical distancing between individuals and household groups.
- Organizers are responsible for controlling access to event areas.
- Ensure common walkways are clearly marked with directional signage to encourage one-way traffic flow.