Safety advice to reduce your risk and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 during Easter.
The safest way to celebrate or enjoy Easter is with members of your immediate household. Your household is anyone who currently lives and shares common spaces in your housing unit. This can include family members as well as roommates or people who are unrelated to you.
When making your Easter plans, assess the current COVID-19 activity in your community. This will help you decide if you should postpone, cancel or change your plans.
Although the vaccine effort is picking up steam, the majority of Canadians haven’t been immunized. This has led to concern that the huge spike in cases that followed Thanksgiving and Christmas could repeat itself after the spring holidays because of the new, more contagious coronavirus variants coupled with people being more relaxed about gathering or wearing masks.
Following this advice will help all of us have a safer Easter in 2021.
When to stay home and away from others
Stay home and away from others if you or a member of your immediate household:
- have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are waiting for the results of a lab test for COVID-19
- have been in close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19
- are in quarantine or isolation
- feel sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild
- have returned from travel outside Canada within the past 14 days
- have returned from travel inside Canada to a province or territory that has quarantine requirements
Think about the risks
Check your personal risk level and the risk level of your immediate household. Consider whether the activities you’re planning to take part in are safe. If you’re planning your Easter celebration, plan lower-risk activities.
No matter your level of risk, show kindness and respect to others by following public health measures. For everyone’s well-being, help limit the spread of COVID-19 during Easter.
Examples of lower-risk settings and activities include:
- indoor celebrations with members of your immediate household
- virtual holiday and religious celebrations
- drop-off or physically distanced doorstep deliveries of Easter treats.
- outdoor celebrations in open spaces where people can consistently maintain at least 2-metres of physical distance
In-person gatherings or celebrations with people outside your immediate household are higher-risk activities.
Examples of higher-risk settings and activities include:
- close interactions with people outside your immediate household, particularly:
- in closed spaces with poor ventilation
- in crowded places where many people are gathered
- when in close-contact, such as close range conversations
- when singing, shouting or breathing heavily (for example, while dancing)
- gathering with people from different communities, particularly those from areas with high COVID-19 activity
- travelling to or from areas with high COVID-19 activity
- dining with members outside your immediate household