The re-opening of our church buildings for worship, ministry and community use will take place over a period of time and within the established guidelines as outlined by the Provincial House of Bishops in the document “Loving our Neighbours” letter.
All directives of the Government of Ontario (and Quebec, where applicable) and local public health authorities must be followed at all times, including the following foundational pandemic hygiene guidance: washing hands often; staying home if feeling ill; practising physical distancing and where not possible, wearing a face covering.
During all stages, public health directives and diocesan guidelines must be followed and rigorous deep cleaning and disinfecting must happen on a regular basis. Where discrepancies exist between local, provincial, diocesan guidelines and the template below, the more restrictive guideline should be followed.
AMBER STAGE effective September 7, 2020, if conditions permit.
First Sunday would be September 13
FAQ's and Cleaning and Disinfecting supplies
- ReOpening guidelines FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) download.
- The Diocese has arranged for cleaning and disinfecting supplies to be available to churches at a negotiated price. Download fact sheet.
Diocesan message of September 18, 2020
To: wardens, treasurers and clergy of the Churches of the Diocese of Ontario
A number of our churches re-opened last Sunday and many more plan on re-opening in the coming weeks. We have had a number of questions and some requests for clarification come in during the last few days. Here are some key points of clarification and a correction...[read more].
Please refer to additional video resources and forms for parish use
at the bottom of this page.
AMBER STAGE highlights
In this new video, Bishop Michael welcomes The Diocese of Ontario Back to Church for the AMBER PHASE of Parish ReOpening.
The following video provided by the Anglican Diocese of Toronto offers a comprehensive overview of COVID-19 safety requirements for our parishes upon reopening for public worship.