Updated: October 11, 2021

The current diocesan guidelines related to slowing the spread of COVID-19 apply to all worship services, weddings, funerals and third-party rental activities (with exceptions):

General Provisions for Parish Buildings

  • Masks strongly recommended for indoor activities
  • Continued availability and use of hand sanitizer and wipes
  • Limit capacity to a maximum of 50% (with respectful distancing), using all available space.
  • For groups of 50 or more meeting in the church buildings for non-worship activities, participants must show proof of vaccination. 

Worship

  • Unvaccinated individuals over the age of 12 will be asked to participate in worship virtually only for the next few months, while vaccination rates continue to improve. People whose home parish does not have an online option are encouraged to participate in the livestreamed services being offered elsewhere, including our cathedral. We will not be checking for proof of vaccination at the doors of Sunday worship and will trust folk to respect these restrictions. The same standards will apply to weddings and funeral services.
  • Greeters only at distance
  • Outdoor services when and where possible
  • Resepctful-distancing except with family groups or established bubbles
  • Sharing of the peace through smiling and nodding
  • Communion in one kind
  • Singing is permitted outdoors; or, indoors when all present are masked and distanced. Singing must always be approached with caution as it is a high-risk activity.
  • Outdoor socialization/coffee hour is permitted with distancing; indoor is not permitted. Parishioners may bring their own beverages. 

Third Party Users of Parish Buildings

All third-party users of church buildings must submit a written safety plan to the parish office and abide by the Protocols Related to Community Users, unless they are listed as exempt from the September 10 provincial health order.

Bishop's Letters and Directives

September 2 - Pastoral Letter and Vaccine Requirements
October 11 - Updates re Books, Food Hospitality, and Children's Ministry

If you have questions, please contact your parish incumbent or regional archdeacon.