The Government of Alberta has issued new restrictions to “Stop the Spike.”

 

The following mandatory public health measures apply specifically to places of worship.

 

The measures are divided into two categories, depending on the active COVID-19 rates in a particular region:

  1. Expanded Restrictions for high case regions; and
  2. Province wide restrictions.

 

These restrictions will be in place for at least 3 weeks and will be extended if necessary. Provincewide restrictions remain in effect for all other communities.

  1. Expanded Restrictions for high case regions (most of the province):   All communities with more than 50 cases per 100,000 people and with 30 or more active cases:
  • Places of worship – Effective May 5
    • Faith services are limited to in-person attendance of 15 people. This is a decrease from the previous 15 per cent capacity limit.
    • Physical distancing between households must be maintained at all times.
    • Virtual or online services are strongly recommended.
    • Drive-in services where people do not leave their vehicles and adhere to guidance are allowed.
  • Funerals – Effective May 5
  • No more than 10 people can attend funeral services, including participants and guests.
  • This is a decrease from the current limit of 20 people, and brings funerals in line with wedding services.
  • Funeral service and facility staff, funeral clergy, cantors, and event organizers who are not considered to be invited guests are not counted in the capacity limit
  • Wedding and funeral receptions are still not permitted.
  1. Province wide restrictions. Municipalities below the regional threshold. Municipalities that have fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 people and/or fewer than 30 active cases will be required to return to Step 0 level restrictions. This includes:
  • Places of worship – Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Effective Dec. 13
    • Faith services are limited to 15% of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance:
  • Funerals
    • No more than 20 people can attend funeral services, including participants and guests.
    • This continues the current limit of 20 people, and brings funerals in line with wedding services.
    • Funeral service and facility staff, funeral clergy, cantors, and event organizers who are not considered to be invited guests are not counted in the capacity limit
    • Wedding and funeral receptions are still not permitted.

As of May 4, the following municipalities have fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 people and/or fewer than 30 active cases will be required to return to Step 0 level restrictions:

 

  • Clear Hills County
  • I.d. No. 12 (Jasper National Park)
  • I.d. No. 13 (Elk Island)
  • I.d. No. 24 (Wood Buffalo)
  • I.d. No. 25 (Willmore Wilderness)
  • I.d. No. 349
  • I.d. No. 4 (Waterton)
  • Municipal District of Acadia No. 34
  • Municipal District of Ranchland No. 66
  • Saddle Hills County
  • Kananaskis Improvement District
  • Birch Hills County
  • City of Lloydminster
  • Special Areas No. 3
  • Woodlands County
  • Municipality of Jasper
  • Starland County
  • Municipal District of Opportunity No. 17
  • County of Two Hills No. 21
  • County of Northern Lights
  • Thorhild County
  • County of Newell
  • County of Forty Mile No. 8
  • County of Paintearth No. 18
  • Municipal District of Spirit River No. 133
  • Special Areas No. 4
  • Municipal District of Provost No. 52
  • Municipal District of Smoky River No. 130
  • Special Areas No. 2
  • Municipal District of Fairview No. 136
  • Vulcan County
  • Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9
  • Municipal District of Greenview No. 16
  • Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
  • Lamont County
  • County of Minburn No. 27
  • Town of Drumheller
  • Smoky Lake County
  • Northern Sunrise County
  • Lac Ste. Anne County
  • Flagstaff County
  • Municipal District of Bighorn No. 8

Graveside services

Given the increased measures, it is prudent to postpone graveside services at this time. As an alternative, so- called “drive-in services” where people do not leave their vehicles and adhere to guidance may be considered.

Additional information

For all health measures, including places of worship, can be found here.

 

Additional information on the restrictions can be found here

Other Relevant Videos:

Bishop David’s Update on Our Church’s Response to the Pandemic

September 19, 2020: Talking with Bishop David about:
? How has our Eparchy been responding to the pandemic?
? Has our response been successful?
? Are there any new measures we will be implementing?
? Can I still do spiritual communion?
? What are some ways we can respond as Christians during the pandemic?