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Dear Bishop Bryan, brother priests and all faithful in the Eparchy of Saskatoon:

The Faith Leaders’ Working Group met with our government liaisons again today. As you know, the Saskatchewan Re-opening Roadmap will begin Step 1 on Sunday May 30. We have sought clarification on a number of details raised by you or another faith leader. Here is a summary of the upcoming changes: [Detailed Guidelines for Places of Worship]

In Step 1, beginning Sunday, May 30:

  • maximum capacity of a place of worship will be increased to 30% of seating capacity, with a maximum of 150 people in the entire facility.
  • 2 metre distancing, masking, sanitizing, and contact tracing will continue to be required.
  • sharing food or drink is prohibited in Step 1.
  • other non-worship gatherings will be allowed to a maximum of 30 people.
  • non-worship gatherings held concurrently with a worship service are allowed but the total number of people in the worship service and additional gathering may not exceed 150 people.
  • non-essential travel is not recommended outside Saskatchewan.

In Step 2, beginning June 20, there will be few changes affecting places of worship:

  • maximum capacity will remain 30% of seating capacity, with a maximum of 150 people in the entire facility.
  • 2 metre distancing, masking, sanitizing, and contact tracing will continue to be required.
  • sharing food or drink is prohibited in Step 2.
  • other non-worship gatherings will be allowed to a maximum of 150 people.
  • non-worship gatherings held concurrently with a worship service are allowed but the total number of people in the worship service and additional gathering may not exceed 150 people.
  • non-essential travel is not recommended outside Saskatchewan.

Step 3 is anticipated in mid-July. In Step 3 most restrictions will be lifted. There will be no limits on capacity, food and drink will be permitted, physical distancing and contact tracing will not be required. It is expected that masks and sanitizing will be advised for some time, but the public health emergency will end, and the public health orders will be lifted soon after Step 3 begins.

Due to the continuing high infection rates in both Alberta and Manitoba, travel will not be recommended even in Step 3. The entire SK Roadmap is contingent on the continuing decline in infection rates. Please continue to cooperate with public health authorities and encourage vaccination.

Health officials are still considering when large gatherings such as conferences and sporting events will be able to resume. Further advice will be provided in the coming weeks.

Yours in Christ,

Very Rev. Father Janko Kolosnjaji,
Vicar General and Chancellor for the Eparchy of Saskatoon

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