Wedding Expectations and Restrictions in Ontario’s Colour Zones- 2021 Edition

UGH more COVID talk, I know but this post might help clarify what you can expect coming up. As Ontario is hopefully starting to slowly reopen, we are reentering the colour zones framework. This lays out the restrictions in each of the 5 colours. In terms of weddings, it helps us know what numbers we can expected and hoepfully prepare accordingly.

A quick rundown in case you aren’t sure (and trust me, I’m still trying to sort it all out so this is how I understand it).

  • There are 5 colour categories: Grey, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green
  • We are currently in the Red zone after our long Grey lockdown
  • If numbers don’t cooperate, we can go back to lockdown at anytime
  • Green is the best case scenario but doesn’t mean it’s life as we knew it.

Here is the number break down by colour zone. SPOILER: if you are planning a wedding in 2021, it’s time to look at your guest list and possibly make some adjustments.

So we are really looking at 50 people inside and 100 people outside at an established venue for 2021. If you are planning a wedding in your backyard or private property, it’s even less. You may want to look into finding a venue so you can increase your numbers a bit more.

Keep in mind each of the colours zone also have different restrictions on alcohol serving times and music/dancing. From my understanding:

  • Red Zone: there is no music or dancing allowed and alcohol can not be served passed 9pm and event over at 10pm. No buffets are allowed, a max of 4 guests per table and no booking multiple rooms to allow for more guests.
  • Orange Zone: music and dancing are allowed (still social distanced and masks on) and alcohol can not be served after 9pm and the event must be over at 10pm. No buffets, maximum 4 guests per table and no booking multiple rooms for more guests.
  • Yellow Zone: music and dancing are allowed (with social distancing and masks) and alcohol can not be served after 11pm and event must be over by 12am (midnight). No buffets, maximum 6 guests per table and no multiroom booking for more guests.
  • Green Zone: music and dancing are allowed (with social distancing and masks) and alcohol returns to regular limitations (no alcohol after 2am). No buffets.

So that is a lot of information to say I still really don’t know what we are going to be allowed to do. For my clients or any of you planning a wedding here are my main suggestions:

  1. Have your guest list down to 50 guests minimum. If you are early in spring (May or June) I would also prepare a guest list of 25 to accommodate Red zone restrictions.
  2. Ensure you have the space to socially distance your guests according to table restrictions.
  3. You will still have masks at your wedding. IF (and that’s a big IF) dancing is allowed you will need extra space to allow dancing to be 6 feet apart.

There is still so much to figure out and things are still changing all the time. It’s best to try and prepare ahead of time but stay flexible to the changes that are are going to come.

Thanks,
Mal

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