Despite Ontario Government changes effective February 17, 2022, for religious services, rites and ceremonies, there is no change to capacity limits for churches in St. Catharines Diocese, at this time.
Capacity for indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites, or ceremonies is limited to the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance.
For parish social / public events and gatherings, including Synod discussion group meetings, capacity has increased to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
Contact tracing for church and parish offices/events is no longer required.
Masks and physical distancing are still required for all church services and in office settings.
Holy water fonts are to remain empty until a direction is issued allowing for their use.
Effective March 1, 2022
Tentatively, provided public health and health system indicators continue to improve:
capacity limits in all indoor public settings, including churches, will be lifted;
proof of vaccination requirements for all settings, including churches, will be lifted.
Masking requirements will remain for all public spaces, including churches and office settings.
For those who are sick, have a compromised immune system or feel uncomfortable returning to church at this time, the dispensation for Sunday Mass remains.