What does the latest Ontario Emergency Measures Act say about Public Gatherings? (Link to legal EMA document)
We have been told that these laws are in place for public safety, saving lives of the vulnerable, at risk and elderly as well out of respect for our front line workers and to not overrun hospitals. Follow the rules and SAVE LIVES!
ORGANIZED PUBLIC EVENTS, CERTAIN GATHERINGS
1. (1) Subject to subsections (2.1), (3) and (4), no person shall attend,
(a) an organized public event of more than five people, including a parade;
(b) a social gathering of more than five people; or
(c) a gathering of more than five people for the purposes of conducting religious services, rites or ceremonies.
(3) Subsection (1) does not apply to the following:
1. A gathering of members of a single household.
2. A gathering for the purposes of a funeral service that is attended by not more than 10 persons.
According to the Bereavement Authority of Ontario Website (link to info)
The funeral home must be large enough for people to maintain physical distancing of at least two metres (six feet) apart from each other at all times, to a maximum of 10 people — in the entire funeral home establishment at one time.
Even if you have unlimited space, or are outside, the maximum is 10. The number does not include funeral home staff.
Note, that if you advertise a funeral, visitation or gathering in any medium you must state this limitation or link to this directive.
Follow this law strictly.
Church Gathering Regulations according to the Ontario Emergency Measures Act.
On May 16th Doug Ford signed an amendment to the EMA finally allowing for people of faith to gather for services. The rules required all attendees to remain in their vehicles, designed to be closed to the elements, except to use a washroom. All vehicles must be spaced minimum of 2m apart. Five organizers could be outside but must stay 2m apart from each other. Police were on hand at many Churches to enforce the law
Trinity Bellwoods Park – Toronto
Politicians called the large groups of young people and families gathered at the park in Toronto over the long weekend, selfish, reckless and a disregard to public safety and front line workers. This despicable behaviour by citizens in Toronto promoted the city to hire a firm painting hundreds of small white circles throughout the park where people must stay. Once again, by-law officers and police were on hand to enforce the law.
What did Doug Ford have to say about Ontario Citizens exercising their rights to protest extended lock downs in Toronto?
“…When I looked out the window and we see these people, absolutely irresponsible, it’s reckless to do what they are doing and personally I think it is selfish. We have health care workers down the street at these hospitals working around the clock to protect the community. 99.9% of the people in this province are working together side by side. That’s the reason we are able to see a flattening of the curve. But then …we have a bunch of YAHOOS out in the front of Queens Park sitting there protesting….. as they’re breaking the law putting everyone in jeopardy, putting themselves in jeopardy, putting the workers in jeopardy and God forbid one of them end up in the hospital down the street. You know..we’re better than this…we’re better than this as a people and as a Province….”
When asked about the Anti-Racism protests Doug Ford said he respects all peaceful protest.
Justin Trudeau – Prime Minister of Canada, attends Ottawa Anti-Racism protest in direct defiance of the EMA laws in Ontario.
After months of telling Canadian citizens that we must obey these laws of gathering and social distancing, Justin Trudeau shows us how to lead by example.