if you are going to gather,
get vaccinated and
First things first:
Click here to see what restrictions are in place in your province or region.
If your province or region is in a lockdown, has a stay-at-home order in place, or is not allowing gatherings with anyone outside of your household, the only way to gather responsibly is not to gather at all.
If however, your province or region is not in a lockdown, does not have a stay-at-home order in effect, and is allowing gatherings with people from outside your household (with whatever number they have indicated), then the good news is you can actually get together and gather with friends, as long as you do it responsibly.
DO'S AND DON'TS
Gathering responsibly in a pandemic during the summer is not rocket science. It's common sense. Here are a couple of simple do's and don'ts that can make a big difference in helping to stop the spread, while still allowing you to have a good time.
DO: TAKE IT OUTSIDE
It's really simple. Outside good, inside bad.
If you do nothing else this summer, this is the one thing you need to do. If you are going to gather, gather outside. If you can't gather outside, then don't gather.
Cancel, postpone, whatever. It's just not worth the risk. They'll understand.
Gathering outside and maintaining 2 metre distancing means you don't need to wear a mask (but bring one for when you can't maintain 2 metre distancing).
DO: KEEP IT SMALL
Also, really simple. Small gatherings good, big gatherings bad.
If you do only one other thing this summer, this is it. Don't plan, or attend a gathering with more people than the gathering limit in your province allows.
More people means more risk and more difficulty in maintaining 2 metre distancing.
DON'T: FORGET THE BASICS
Again, really simple. Doing these things good, not doing bad.
Not feeling well? Stay home. Obvious but worth repeating.
Even when gathering outside, if you can't maintain 2 metre distancing, wear a mask.
By anything, we mean anything. Don't share food, drinks, cigarettes, tokes, vapes, snacks, anything.
Sharing anything risks sharing COVID-19. Sharing bad, not sharing good.