This Tuesday afternoon, March 9, 2021 the province of Saskatchewan,
along with Dr. Saqib Shahab, Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer, announced a revised public health orders that will take effect on Friday, March 19th and will remain as follows for places of worship, unless otherwise amended.
The revisions affecting places of worship are as follows:
- The total number of people participating in the services cannot exceed 30 per cent of seating capacity or 150 people, whichever is less.
- This does not include the minimal number of clergy and other leaders required to facilitate the However, faith communities are encouraged to keep this number at a reasonable level.
- ·Attendees still must stay 2 metres apart from each other and wear masks.
- Only clergy may remove their mask while officiating but must maintain 3 metres physical distance from all other attendees while mask is
- These guidelines apply to all worship services, including celebrations of life, weddings and outdoor However, these guidelines do not apply to receptions or non- ceremonial gatherings.
- (Unchanged) Services must be held in their usual Concurrent services in other rooms within the facility are not permitted.
- (Unchanged) Non-ceremonial meetings are permitted in groups no larger than 30 as long as physical distancing can be
We are returning to the same capacity limit as last fall, however, please note that concurrent services are not permitted. You are encouraged to review your protocols as you prepare to implement these new guidelines.
All of the current directives remain in place for this coming weekend (March 13/14) and until March 19th. That includes the maximum of 30 people allowed.
Two metre physical distancing between family units, mandatory mask wearing, and hand and surface sanitation will continue until we are instructed otherwise through the public health orders.
Some other important details to review:
- Managing how people enter and exit the building, and pews, to ensure that family units do not come within 2 metres of each One way traffic flow is suggested (entering through one door and leaving through another).
- For the purposes of contact tracing, places of worship are required to collect and maintain a list of people that are present within their facilities for any Contact details must include date, time, name, address, and phone number or email address.
- When collecting contact details, avoid the sharing of pens or other common touch instruments unless disinfected between each
- Contact registration lists must be maintained confidentially by the place of worship and destroyed after 30
- Remind attendees to continue to do self-assessments before going to a place of If they are feeling unwell, they should stay home.
- Attendees who are medically vulnerable are strongly encouraged to delay their return to services and continue to participate in services online, where
- While choirs and singing by congregation members are permitted in places of worship, caution is advised as singing is a high-risk Choir members who are not part of the same family must maintain at least three metres of separation from each other and from the rest of the congregation.
Optional as requested by the Premier in a meeting last week:
We are asked to encourage anyone who is scheduled to have a vaccine within a few days of a religious service, not to go to worship that day and to wait until after they have received the vaccine, especially those who are over 60.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Janko Kolosnjaji, Vicar General, Eparchy of Saskatoon