COVID-19: Going out safely

Going out? Do it safely.

Public health advice across Canada may be different depending on where you live. This tool will help you:

  • assess the risks before going out
  • make informed decisions while considering local public health restrictions

Assess the risks

Before going into public places or gathering with people you don't live with, think about:

Vaccination coverage in the area

Your risk is lower if COVID-19 vaccination coverage is higher.

Check coverage in your area and the area of the people you're gathering with.

Lower risk

  • Many people vaccinated

Higher risk

  • Few people vaccinated

COVID-19 activity in the area

Your risk is lower if the level of COVID-19 activity is lower.

Check activity in your area and the area of the people you're gathering with.

Lower risk

  • Few cases

Higher risk

  • Many cases


Your risk is lower in uncrowded places and outdoor or well-ventilated indoor spaces.

Lower risk

  • Outdoor

Higher risk

  • Indoor

Public health measures

Your risk is lower when many public health measures are in place and people are following them.

Lower risk

  • Many measures

Higher risk

  • No measures

Vaccination status

Your risk is lower if you and those you're with are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Lower risk

  • Fully vaccinated

Higher risk

  • Not vaccinated/vaccination status unknown

Risk factors

Your risk is lower the fewer risk factors you and those you're with have for exposure or more severe disease or outcomes from COVID-19.

Lower risk

  • No/few risk factors

Higher risk

  • Multiple risk factors

Make informed decisions

Public health measures are effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19, including variants of concern. They're most effective when layered together.

Continue to:

  • follow all community public health and setting-specific restrictions and recommendations
  • choose lower-risk activities and settings
  • layer multiple individual public health measures, which include:
    • staying home when sick
    • improving ventilation
    • wearing a mask
    • cleaning hands regularly

Lower-risk situations can become higher risk. Think about the risks before you go out and while you're out, and adjust your actions as needed.

You can keep using all public health measures even when your community or setting doesn't have restrictions in place.

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