COVID-19 Updates and Resources
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COVID-19 Vaccine Expectations In response to repeated requests for direction from regional council staff and communities of faith, on September 29, 2021, the Board of Vocation passed the following motion unanimously: The Board of Vocation expects all ministry personnel who are actively serving to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless medically exempt. Unvaccinated ministry personnel, without a medical exemption, may be found to be acting contrary to the ethical standard that calls upon them to be sensitive to the vulnerabilities of all.
Vaccination Policies in Congregations 24Jun2021 written by United Church of Canada, Legal Counsel
Faith Communities and COVID-19 in 2021
March 1, 2022 — Starting Tuesday, March 1st, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required. Read full story.
March 1, 2022 — In Quebec, no more capacity limits at places of worship or funerals. Masks still required.
February 14, 2022 – Ontario Moving to Next Phase of Re-opening. Effective February 17th, Ontario will ease ease public health measures, including:
- Increasing capacity limits for indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites, or ceremonies to the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance. Capacity limits are removed if the location opts-in to use proof of vaccination or if the service, rite, or ceremony is occurring outdoors.
- See the full update HERE
February 14, 2022 Current and Future Measures in Quebec: Places of Worship
- Current Measures: With a vaccination passport: 50% of capacity (limit of 250 people), Outdoors without a vaccination passport: limit of 250 people
- Starting February 21: With a vaccination passport: 50% of capacity (limit of 500 people)
- Starting February 28: With a vaccination passport: no limit on capacity
- See full list HERE