COVID-19: Places of Worship, Weddings and Funerals

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The Ontario Government has declared a state of emergency and extended the Provincewide Shutdown until at least February 11, 2021.

During this time, all places of worship, weddings and funerals are limited to 10 people indoors or 10 people outdoors. Drive-in services, rites or ceremonies are permitted, subject to certain conditions. Virtual services are permitted.

 

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.

  • Indoor or outdoor gatherings for the purpose of a wedding, a funeral or a religious service, rite or ceremony, may be held with capacity limited to 10 people, even if it is held in a private dwelling.
  • Indoor or outdoor social gatherings associated with a wedding, a funeral or a religious service, rite or ceremony are limited to 10 people, even if it is held in a private dwelling.
  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings cannot be combined to increase the allowable gathering limit.
  • The booking of more than one room for any particular event or social gathering is not permitted.
  • 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, 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 82/20.
  • For drive-in services:
    • Each person in attendance, other than the person(s) conducting the services, must remain within a motor vehicle, except where necessary to use a washroom, or as may otherwise be necessary for the purposes of health and safety.
    • Each vehicle must be positioned at least 2 metres away from other vehicles.

Resources

•    Guidance for Places of Worship (PDF) (Updated November 27, 2020 – Please note that this document does not reflect restrictions currently in place under the provincial shutdown)

•    Guidance for Funeral and Bereavement Services during COVID-19 - Ministry of Health

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: 19/01/2021