October 25, 2021 UPDATE: Vaccines, Passports, and Mandatory Vaccination Policies
In response to continued improvements to key indicators, including ongoing stability in the province’s hospitals, effective October 25, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario will lift capacity limits in the vast majority of settings where proof of vaccination are required, such as restaurants, bars, indoor meeting and event spaces, etc. Limits will also be lifted in certain outdoor settings.
At this time, the government will also allow other settings to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements if they choose to require proof of vaccination, including:
- Locations where a wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony takes place may also implement proof of vaccination requirements for services, rites, or ceremonies at the location (this does NOT include wedding receptions – that will be updated on Nov. 15th, 2021).
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR COMMUNITIES OF FAITH:
AS OF OCTOBER 25TH, 2021, THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT HAS GIVEN CHURCHES THE OPTION TO LIFT CAPACITY LIMITS AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS IF THEY CHOOSE TO REQUIRE PROOF OF VACCINATION. YOU MUST STILL WEAR YOUR MASKS.
The Government of Ontario has shared a spreadsheet to help navigate the new changes that will be implemented over the next 4-6 months. Click on the button below to view the “Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long Term” document:
For the latest information about re-opening, go to the Ontario Government News Release webpage at:
The Canadian Shield Regional Council has updated its recommendations for reopening church buildings. Click on the button below to view this document:
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Peace to you.