As part of Stage 3 of Reopening our Province, places of worship may provide service with public health measures in place. Below is a brief summary of gathering limits for ceremonies and social gatherings. In all scenarios, attendees must remain at least 2 metres apart unless they are from the same household or social circle. Baptisms, funerals, and weddings are not considered public events, therefore those in attendance would not be required to wear a mask or face covering. However, wearing a mask is strongly recommended.
- Indoor gatherings for the purpose of a wedding, a funeral or a religious service, rite or ceremony may be held in a building or structure (not a private dwelling) with capacity limited to 30% of the full capacity for that particular room being used for that function.
- An outdoor wedding, funeral or religious service, rite or ceremony cannot exceed 100 people.
- Social gatherings associated with a wedding, a funeral or a religious service, rite or ceremony held at a monitored business/organization are limited to 50 people if it is held indoors, or 100 people if it is held outdoors.
- Social gatherings associated with a wedding, a funeral or a religious service, rite or ceremony not held at a monitored business/organization (at a private residence, park, etc.) are limited to 10 people if it is held indoors, or 25 people if it is held outdoors.
- Indoor and outdoor gatherings cannot be combined to increased the allowable gathering limit.
- For more information on gathering limits and minimum fines for organizers that exceed limits, see the news release Lower Social Gathering Limits Adopted Province-wide to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19.
Guests attending a 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 consider wearing a mask.
- For full details, see the Guidance for Places of Worship.
- Guidance for Funeral and Bereavement Services during COVID-19 - Ministry of Health
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.