Seating is one of, if not the most important things to think of and set up in advance whenpartying outside of your social circle. 


The layout of your seating really sets the tone for social distancing and the perception of the party.

You don't want your chairs set so far apart that you can't socialize, after all it's a party, but you do want them at least 2 metres apart.  

Start with the "5 or 6 chair circle".  This is the "focal point" of the party.  Set 5 chairs in a circle with each 2 metres apart if in Ontario, set 6 if in B.C..  You'll see that having the chairs 2 metres apart is actually not far off of what you normally do.  If you are in B.C., you can only set up the one circle of 6 (since 6 is the limit for a group size outside of your social bubble), but if you are in Ontario you can  set up another circle at least 2 metres away from the first circle so you have 2 circles (for a total of 10 people).  in Alberta, set up 3 circles (for a total of 15 people).  If you have one fire pit, use it as the focal point in one circle and set a table in the middle of the other.   

After you've greeted your guests (2 metres apart, no hugs, contact), walk them to the 'circle".  Even if they don't sit down right away, they will eventually.   Once seated, they can "mingle" (while still social distancing simply by switching places with another person - like musical chairs).

One point on seating.  If your guests include couples who live together, (like you if you are hosting the party with your partner) they don't have to follow the social distancing restrictions with their partner.  Neither do people who are within their own social circle.


However, everyone will feel better if everyone is following the same guidelines.  You don't want those people who are alone to be feeling awkward. 

As the host it is good to lead by example and maintain social distancing at least when seated. 

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