COVID-19

Precautions and Updates

Government of Canada

Prevention and Risks for Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

COVID-19 Diocese Updates

Ontario

Government of Ontario Guidelines:

**Please note all text has been taken directly form the Government of Ontario Website**

Places of Worship
Faith is a source of comfort and an important aspect of the lives of many people across Ontario. To support places of worship to reopen across the province and help to ensure the safety of worshippers, the government will make available guidance, including limiting attendance to 30 per cent of building capacity and practicing physical distancing. Guidance will also be provided for spiritual leaders and their staff.

Click Here to read more about the ‘Stage 2 Framework’: https://www.ontario.ca/page/framework-reopening-our-province-stage-2#section-2

Click the link for all COVID-19 information regarding preventing precautions, testing and phase(s) for the Government of Ontario: https://covid-19.ontario.ca

Manitoba

Government of Manitoba:

**Please note all text has been taken directly form the Government of Manitoba Website**

Public Gatherings (Effective May 22, 2020):
Change: Indoor gatherings are increased to 25 and outdoor gatherings allowed up to 50 people.

Public gatherings of 25 people are allowed indoors and 50 people outdoors, where members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. This change applies to social gatherings, worship, weddings and funerals.These gatherings must follow public health guidelines for the venue where they are being held.

The maximum number of people permitted indoors is 25, except where distinct groups of 25 can be segregated to prevent contact with other groups through the use of separate exits and/or staggered drop off schedules, as well as monitoring access to the facility to avoid congestion. This applies to all public indoor sites, including religious facilities such as churches, synagogues, temples and mosques, among others.

People socializing together at indoor or outdoor public settings (e.g., restaurants, bars, patios), as well as at private events (e.g., weddings, funerals), are advised to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household, except for brief exchanges.

This means that seating arrangements should allow for a two metre/six foot separation between chairs. When standing at events, including on dance floors, a two metre/six foot separation is also required for non-household members.

As has always been the case, members of the same household do not need to physically distance themselves from each other, at home or in public or private settings.
People are reminded to stay home if they are feeling unwell, even if their symptoms are mild (visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html for a list of symptoms). This means not attending any activities outside of your home, even if they are more solitary activities such as running or biking.

Click the link to read more about ‘Restoring Services: Phase 2’ in Manitoba: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/phase-two.html

Click the link for all COVID-19 information regarding preventing precautions, testing and phase(s) for the Government of Manitoba: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html

Saskatchewan

Government of Saskatchewan:

**Please note all text has been taken directly form the Government of Saskatchewan Website**

Guidelines for Accommodating Worship
Places of worship may resume services providing physical distancing of two metres can be maintained between each individual household.

  • Delivering services virtually or through remote delivery such as drive-in service is recommended.
  • The total number of people participating in the services cannot exceed 30 per cent of seating capacity or 150 people, whichever is less.
  • To safely support larger groupings of individuals – and where seating area allows adequate physical distancing – multiple groups of 30 are permitted. These groups must be separated by two metres, unless they are part of the same family. Other groups of 30 must be arranged in the same way, and spaced from other groups by a minimum of five metres.
  • These guidelines apply to all worship services, including celebrations of life, weddings and outdoor ceremonies.
  • Where possible, registration of participants is encouraged to effectively manage the number of individuals attending. Registration should be facilitated to discourage attendees from common-use items such as pens and pencils.
  • Use visual cues to support physical distancing.
  • Implement one-way traffic flow to promote physical distancing (i.e. enter through one door and exit through another).
  • Attendees who are medically vulnerable are strongly encouraged to delay their return to services and continue to participate in services online, where possible.
  • Attendees, employees and volunteers are required to stay home if sick or symptomatic.
  • Places of worship will be required to identify measures by which entry and exit is managed to ensure physical distancing is maintained.
  • Promote physical distancing by marking the directional flow of people through buildings and areas. Mark seating areas and post visual reminders to observe physical distancing.
  • Individuals from the same household may be seated together and should remain in place once they are seated.
  • Seating (or designated worship space) must be arranged so that physical distancing can be observed at all times. Consideration must be given to how people enter and exit pews and other seating areas. A minimum of two metres must be maintained between household groups.

Most recent plan (June 11, 2020) for Saskatchewan to re-open: https://publications.saskatchewan.ca/api/v1/products/105097/formats/118793/download

Click the link for all COVID-19 information regarding preventing precautions, testing and phase(s) for the Government of Saskatchewan: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus

Alberta

Government of Alberta:

**Please note all text has been taken directly form the Government of Alberta Website**

In Stage 2, with 2 metres of distance maintained between members of different households (with the exception of cohort families), the following capacity restrictions apply:

  • Wedding and funeral ceremonies (seated events) are limited to a maximum of 100 people, and
  • Indoor social gatherings are limited to a maximumof 50 people (e.g.,wedding or funeral receptions).
  • Outdoor social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 100 people

Please click the link to read the recent guidliness (June 2, 2020) for Places of Worship: https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/2be831dd-d83e-42da-b634-6bc6d5232d1a/resource/18f05bae-e343-4332-8d41-4229e298efef/download/covid-19-relaunch-guidance-places-of-worship-2020-0609.pdf

For full details to reopen Alberta please click the link: https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-documents.aspx

Click the link for all COVID-19 information regarding preventing precautions, testing and phase(s) for the Government of Alberta: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

British Columbia

Government of British Columbia:

**Please note all text has been taken directly form the Government of British Columbia Website**

More Information on British Columbia’s Restart Plan: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/gdx/bcs_restart_plan_web.pdf

Click the link for all COVID-19 information regarding preventing precautions, testing and phase(s) for the Government of British Columbia: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support

Canada COVID-19

Health Canada in partnership with Thrive Health has created the Canada COVID-19 app.

This app is a central resource for accessing personalized, trusted, evidence-based information about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updates will be made as guidelines evolve to ensure that you are assessed with the most up to date recommendations.

Canada COVID-19

Health Canada in partnership with Thrive Health has created the Canada COVID-19 app.

This app is a central resource for accessing personalized, trusted, evidence-based information about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updates will be made as guidelines evolve to ensure that you are assessed with the most up to date recommendations.