June 30, 2021

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

After 16 months of the pandemic, Saskatchewan will be moving into Step 3 of the Re-Opening Roadmap on Sunday, July 11 [Re-Opening Roadmap-Step 3: July 11-2021]. I have received a few questions, so I am setting out the details here for clarity.

1. Step 3 will not begin until Sunday morning, July 11. If you have services earlier on the weekend, please continue with Step 2 regulations until midnight. In step 2, the maximum number in attendance at an indoor or outdoor gathering is 150 persons. 2 metre distancing is still required. Masks are required indoors and advised outdoors. Food and drink may not be served. Contact tracing is still required.

2. In step 3, the capacity limits and physical distancing will be removed. Masking will no longer be required. Food and drink may be served. Contact tracing is not required. All emergency restrictions will be lifted. The usual pre-pandemic fire, health, privacy, and labour codes remain in effect.

Anyone with COVID symptoms is required to remain home and schedule a test. Isolate from others until test results are back. People with cold and flu symptoms are encouraged to remain home.

It is expected that many people will continue to wear masks in public spaces. Please encourage this and make hand sanitizer available.

Note: places of worship are allowed to require masks and other measures at your discretion.

Please be aware that we will remain in a state of emergency for some time. Under the emergency declaration, the regional medical health officers have considerable authority to require additional measures to protect the health of the community. In the event that infection rates rise again, the Chief Medical Health Officer may reinstate the public health orders.

Yours in Christ,

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

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