Published Saturday, June 13, 2020 8:18AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, June 13, 2020 8:20AM EDT
The Ford government has announced that it will increase the number of people permitted at indoor wedding and funeral ceremonies to up to 30 per cent of a venue’s capacity, so long as attendees still practice physical distancing.
The province will also allow up to 50 people to attend outdoors weddings and funerals.
The change comes one day after the government doubled the maximum number of people allowed at social gatherings to 10 and begin permitting places of worship to reopen, so long as attendance was capped at 30 per cent of capacity.
"With recent progress to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are able to ease restrictions on these special ceremonies," Minister of Health Christine Elliott said in a press release issued on Saturday morning. "We have taken deliberate steps to increase testing and increase our ability to track and contain this virus. As we loosen these measures, I strongly urge everyone to remain careful and cautious as we are all still at risk."
On Friday, Ontario reported just 182 new cases of COVID-19, which was the lowest number seen in any 24-hour period since March 28.
The five-day averages of new cases over the last week is 222.
That is compared to the five-day average of 377 new cases that the province saw last week (June 1-5).