COVID-19: Places of Worship, Weddings and Funerals

Places of Worship

Places of worship may provide service with public health measures in place. Below is a brief summary of these measures, as well as the capacity limits for ceremonies and social gatherings. 

  • For details on requirements regarding proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for attendees of wedding and funeral services and associated social gatherings, please see the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates page.
  • Capacity for indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, is limited to the number of people that can safely maintain a physical distancing of 2 metres from others.
    • Places of worship may elect to ask attendees at the point of entry for proof of being fully vaccinated and identification to access the facility. Each day that this is requested, capacity limits are lifted and physical distancing is not mandatory. Any attendees who are not fully vaccinated or who do not have a medical exemption cannot enter on that day.
  • Social gatherings before or after a religious service or ceremony (e.g. wedding or funeral reception):
    • Indoors at an unmonitored space (e.g. personal homes, backyards, warehouse or park grounds):  Maximum of 25 people.
    • Indoors at a meeting or event space operated by a business or organization (e.g. banquet halls, restaurants, bars, recreation facilities, community centres)
      • Where indoor dance facilities are NOT provided, the number of attendees permitted is 100% of the usual venue capacity.
      • Where indoor dance facilities ARE provided, capacity is limited to the number of people that can maintain a 2 metre distance from others at all times, to a maximum of 25% of usual venue capacity, up to 250 people.
    • Outdoors at an unmonitored space (e.g. personal homes, backyards, warehouse or park grounds):  Maximum of 100 people.
    • Outdoors at a meeting or event space operated by a business or organization (e.g. banquet halls, restaurants, bars, recreation facilities, community centres)
      • Where outdoor dance facilities are NOT provided, the number of attendees permitted is 100% of the usual venue capacity.
      • Where outdoor dance facilities ARE provided, capacity is limited to the number of people that can maintain a 2 metre distance from others at all times, to a maximum of 75% of usual venue capacity, up to 5000 people.
    • Staff do not count towards gathering limits.
    • People attending an outdoor event or gathering are only permitted to access an indoor area to use a washroom; to access an outdoor area that can only be accessed through an indoor route; or as may be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.
  • Guests 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, and maintaining a physical distance of 2 metres from others when required. Guests must also wear a mask/face covering, unless exempt as outlined in Ontario Regulation 364/20.

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    Cemeteries

    Please check with the cemetery you would like to visit to learn more about the hours of operation, appointment requirements and other visitor details. Visitors to any cemetery in Thunder Bay and District are encouraged to maintain a safe physical distance of at least 2 metres apart from others.

    Last Updated: 22/11/2021