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This update confirms current diocesan COVID-19 protocols for public worship and group gatherings on church property.

This (protocol) is subject to change on short notice, as the situation evolves in the coming weeks. 

• Masks must be worn for all group indoor activities (see guidance for office staff)
• Continued availability and use of hand sanitizer and wipes
• Limit capacity to a maximum of 50% (with respectful distancing), using all available space.
• As per PHO, groups of 50 (or more) meeting in church buildings for non-worship activities: participants must show proof of vaccination.

The above applies to all worship services including weddings, funerals and third-party rental activities (with some exceptions).

Unvaccinated individuals over the age of 12 will be asked to participate in worship virtually only, at this time, from home or other parishes, such as the Cathedral.  

  • Greeters only at distance
  • Outdoor services when and where possible
  • Respectful distancing except with family groups or established bubbles
  • Sharing of the Peace through smiling and nodding
  • Communion in one kind
  • Singing is permitted, when all are masked and distanced. 
  • Outdoor socialization/coffee hour permitted with distancing & participants bringing own beverages.  Indoor socializing not permitted.



Not Permitted:  Social activities such as indoor coffee hours, potlucks, congregational church suppers, tea or meals at bazaars etc.

Small meals, or food service, at meeting groups of no more than 10, as per provincial guidelines  MAY proceed as follows: 

  • All attendees double vaccinated;
  • No one is experiencing symptoms of COVID, or who have had possible exposure
  • Masks, sanitizing, & distancing for all;
  • Useparticipants be pre-advised, and in agreement with protocols;
  • BYO food, or individual meals;
  • Mask-removal only once seated;

A record of attendance be kept.

All third-party users of church buildings to have a safety plan in compliance with most recent PHO update.

Please contact your regional archdeacon with questions or concerns.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support in keeping everyone safe.