COVID-19: Places of Worship, Weddings and Funerals

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Ontario is currently in Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen as of Friday, July 16, 2021. Visit the Current Level page for more details.

 

Places of Worship

Places of worship may provide service with capacity limits and 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.

  • Capacity for religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, is limited in indoor and outdoor settings to the number of people that can safely maintain a physical distancing of 2 metres from others.
  • 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 there is no dancing, capacity is limited to the number of people that can maintain a 2 metre distance from others at all times, to a maximum of 50% of the occupancy load for the room being used (additional restrictions for the maximum occupancy of the entire venue may apply).
      • Where there is dancing, 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 the occupancy load for the room being used, or 250 people, whichever is less.
    • 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)
      • 75% capacity up to a maximum of 5,000 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.
  • Drive-in religious services, rites or ceremonies are permitted. Each vehicle must be positioned at least 2 metres away from other vehicles.
  • Indoor and outdoor events cannot be combined to increase the allowable gathering limit.
  • 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 those who are not from the same household. Guests must also wear a mask or 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: 23/07/2021