CIX!

 

The Government of Alberta announced an Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan, a three stages gradual lifting of restrictions based on vaccination targets and hospitalizations decline.  The hope is to lift all restrictions as early as late June or early July.

Alberta will enter Stage 1 on June 1. Until then, all current provincewide restrictions remain in place, with additional restrictions in high case regions.

In Stage 1, by way of summary as the lessening of restrictions apply in particular to places of worship:

Effective May 28, places of worship may return to 15% of fire code occupancy.

Effective June 1, funeral services – up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests (receptions remain prohibited).

Effective June 1, wedding ceremonies – up to 10 people, including officiant, bride/groom, witnesses (receptions remain prohibited).

A summary of the three stages follows, taken directly from the Government of Alberta’s website.

———————————————-

·  Stage 1: Two weeks after 50% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose and hospitalizations are below 800 and declining. Effective June 1 unless stated otherwise.

  • Places of worship – 15% of fire code occupancy (effective May 28)
  • Outdoor social gatherings – up to 10 people (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)
  • Outdoor physical, performance and recreation activities – up to 10 distanced people, all ages
  • Personal and wellness services – re-open, by appointment only
  • Funeral services – up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests (receptions remain prohibited)
  • Wedding ceremonies – up to 10 people, including officiant, bride/groom, witnesses (receptions remain prohibited)
  • Restaurants – 4 people per table max, outdoors, households only or 2 close contact for those living alone
  • Retail – 15% of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance)
  • Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect

·  Stage 2: Two weeks after 60% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose and hospitalizations are below 500 and declining. Expected to be in effect mid-June.

  • Outdoor social gatherings – up to 20 people with distancing (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)
  • Indoor recreation, entertainment and other settings (rec centres, arenas, casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, libraries, etc.) – open at 1/3 of fire code occupancy
  • Gyms and fitness studios – open for solo and drop-in activities and indoor fitness classes with 3 metre distancing
  • Funeral services – up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
  • Wedding ceremonies – up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
  • Places of worship – 1/3 of fire code occupancy
  • Personal and wellness services – resume walk-in service
  • Post-secondary – resume in-person learning
  • Restaurants – 6 people per table max, indoors or outdoors
  • Retail – 1/3 of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance)
  • Youth activities (day camps, play centres) – resume with restrictions
  • Youth and adult sports – resume with no restrictions, indoors and outdoors
  • Outdoor public gatherings (concerts/festivals) – up to 150 people
  • Outdoor fixed seating facilities (grandstands) – 1/3 seated capacity
  • Work from home order is lifted but still recommended
  • Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect

·  Stage 3: Two weeks after 70% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose. Expected to be effective in late June or early July.

  • All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings
  • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain

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?