This Version Posted: June 26, 2020
Faith groups and places of worship in Ontario are now allowed to reopen under these restrictions:
- Physical distancing rules must be in place
- Attendance is limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity
Protect the health and safety of your members and congregants by taking measures to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Read on for further resources, including the Health Unit’s COVID-19 Guidance for Reopening Places of Worship. You can also click here for specific Guidelines on Health and Safety for Places of Worship During COVID-19 from Workplace Safety and Prevention Services.
Protect the health and safety of your members and congregants by taking measures to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Read on for further resources and click here for specific Guidelines on Health and Safety for Places of Worship During COVID-19 from Workplace Safety and Prevention Services.
Note on Weddings/Funerals – More people are now allowed to attend wedding or funeral services. For indoor ceremonies, the number of people allowed to attend a funeral or wedding can now be a maximum of 30 per cent capacity of the ceremony venue. Wedding and funeral ceremonies taking place outdoors will be limited to 50 attendees. For both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, those attending must follow proper health and safety advice. The number of people allowed to attend receptions afterwards remains at a maximum of 10 people.
COVID-19 Preventive Measures
- Maintain physical distancing by staying two metres (six feet) apart at all times.
- Encourage everyone to wash their hands. Make this easier by putting out more hand-cleaning stations and alcohol-based sanitizer dispensers in your place of worship.
- Stop shaking hands or hugging.
- Remind people to cough/sneeze into their sleeves.
- Review the sharing of items during special religious sacraments/rites, at least while COVID-19 continues to circulate. You may want to consult further with your parish/diocese/denomination/national body.
- Maintain a clean and safe space through regular cleaning and disinfecting.
- Encourage staff and visitors to stay home when sick.
Stay Connected During COVID-19 in Other Ways
- Continue to offer virtual or live-streamed services to those who are unable to attend services
- Keep in touch by phone or via social media/email/text. Share credible information – like what’s on this website on how people can protect themselves from COVID-19.
- Adults aged 70 years and older or people with compromised immune systems are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days. Think about ways that you can reach out to these individuals by phone or electronical means. See if you can assist with essential errands (e.g. groceries, pharmacy pick-up), keeping in mind the importance of protecting your own health by practising physical distancing.
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