UPDATE: As per the most recent health order released on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 masks are now mandatory for all indoor public spaces, including places of worship throughout the province of Saskatchewan. Further updates may be made to Guidleines for Places of Worship in dialogue with Faith Leaders and the Saskatchewan government over the coming days.
In their most recent health order issued Friday, November 13, the provincial government has expanded its COVID-19 protocols to include the mandatory use of non-medical masks in all communities with populations of 5000 or greater throughout the province. This includes the neighbouring communities or municipalities centered around Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert. Effective Monday, November 16, the wearing of masks will be required at all celebrations of the Mass and all other parish gatherings in these communities.
All persons attending all parish events within the highlighted communities are required to wear non-medical face masks from the time they enter the building until they have exited the building.
For communion, the people should leave their mask on when they come forward, receive communion in whichever way your parish has determined, step to the side, slip the mask up, down, or to the side, consume the host, replace the mask and continue back to the pew.
Gathering sizes for the Mass, weddings, funerals, or other religious gatherings at public places of worship are not affected by this order. These continue to fall under the protocols found within the Saskatchewan Re-open Plan. Parishes should take this opportunity to review the Guidelines for Places of Worship at the following link
Further questions can be directed to Lisa Polk at lpolkarchregina [dot] sk [dot] ca
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