Gathering Safely Again
On September 2, 2021, Bishop Anna sent a letter to all clergy and wardens that outlined the diocesan guidelines regarding proof of vaccination for worship. Please note:
- Beginning Sunday, September 12, unvaccinated individuals over the age of 12 will be asked to participate 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.
Bishop Anna's letter dated August 3, which offered direction regarding the continued easing of provincial restrictions on gatherings, including public worship, remains valid, as per below.
Of note is that the province no longer has an order restricting the size of worship gatherings either indoors or outdoors (effective July 1). However, they do continue to encourage mask-wearing while indoors, and outdoors continues to be the safest place for people to gather. For this reason, the diocese will follow the following worship guidelines until further notice:
- Masks strongly recommended for indoor activities
- Continued availability and use of hand sanitizer and wipes
- Greeters only at distance
- Outdoor services when and where possible
- 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 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.
All third-party users of parish buildings must abide by the Protocols Related to Community Users and submit a Safety Plan to the parish.
If you have questions, please contact your parish incumbent or regional archdeacon.