Bishop Anna has approved the reopening of diocesan buildings, effective June 20, 2021, according to provincial health guidelines.
Parishes of the diocese have recently received a letter from Bishop Anna outlining the approved 1st-step process. It includes the requirement that communities submit, to their archdeacons, (with 10 days notice) a guideline-compliant COVID safety plan.
The guidelines are designed to help protect all those who gather, particularly the most vulnerable. In order to give time for adequate preparation, the earliest date parishes may re-open for in-person worship in the diocese of Islands and Inlets is Sunday, June 20, 2021.
We recognize that other faith communities and dioceses may be moving more quickly than this. Our objective is to act with an abundance of caution. In this regard, for some communities, this timeline would be inadvisable or impossible. Note that no worshipping community is required to re-open for public worship on June 20.
As parishioners and community members return to parish facilities, it’s everyone's responsibility to ensure that the safety protocols are understood and practiced. The information, as relevant, is to be provided, in print or digital copy, to each user group: liturgical participants / congregation, parish group and community users.
For more information on the first stage of the diocesan reopening plan click here.