As part of Stage 2 of Reopening our Province, places of worship are allowed to resume services with public health measures in place. Below is a brief summary of the recommendations. In all scenarios, attendees must remain at least 2 metres apart unless they are from the same household or social circle.
- Gatherings for the purpose of a wedding, a funeral or a religious service, rite or ceremony may be held in a building or structure with capacity limited to 30% of the full capacity for that particular room being used for that function.
- Up to 50 people may attend outdoor gatherings held for the purpose of a wedding, a funeral or a religious service, rite or ceremony.
- Drive-in services are permitted, with specific precautions in place.
- Services held within a private dwelling remain limited to 10 attendees, including the person conducting the service.
- Receptions following a wedding are limited to 10 people.
- Receptions following a funeral are limited to 10 people, except when held at a funeral home/parlour.
For full details, see the Guidance for Places of Worship document, current as of July 7, 2020.
The Ontario government has extended the number of people allowed to attend an indoor funeral ceremony to a maximum of 30% capacity of the ceremony venue. Funeral ceremonies taking place outdoors are limited to 50 attendees. The maximum number of people allowed to attend an indoor or outdoor funeral reception remains at 10 people.
Guests attending a funeral ceremony or reception should follow general infection prevention and control measures, including not attending if they are feeling sick or if they are in self-isolation, following proper hand washing practices, cough etiquette, maintaining a physical distance of 2 metres from those who are not from the same household or their established 10-person social circle and wear a mask.
The Ministry of Health has published Guidance for Funeral and Bereavement Services during COVID-19.
For full details on funerals, see the TBDHU's Guidance for Places of Worship document, current as of July 7, 2020, and review the information specific to funerals
Please check with the cemetery you would like to visit to learn more about the hours of operation as well as any other visitor details. Visitors to any cemetery in the Thunder Bay District are encouraged to maintain a safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others.