COVID-19 Update August 7, 2021 to September 7, 2021
Changes to the existing Public Health Orders will take effect on August 7, 2021 at 12:01am, and will remain in effect until 12:01am on September 7, 2021.
As of August 28, 2021, the Province has once again mandated that masks must be worn in all indoor public places, including places of worship.
Therefore, the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface is issuing the following clarifications, having obtained updated information from the official government liaison to communities of faith during the COVID-19 pandemic, in coordination with the Archdiocese of Winnipeg and the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg.
The changes or clarifications obtained by the Public Health Officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, and by the Provincial liaison person, affect churches in the following manner:
Approximately 150 people will be allowed entry to all masses on a “first come, first serve” basis.
Face masks or face coverings are required at all times in the church for the duration of the mass.
Attendees are still required to fill out the Contact Tracing Sign-In Sheet upon entry.
- Should an infection occur, it will be used to notify parishioners who attended the mass.
- Privacy will be assured, and the information used only as stated.
- We realize it’s tedious to keep filling out the Contact Tracing Sign-In Sheet, however, until this pandemic is over, it is still required.
- Social distancing rules are still in place except within individual households.
Mass times are as follows:
- Monday-Saturday: 7:45am
- Saturday: 4:00pm
- Sunday: 7:45am, 10:00am & 12:00pm
Reconciliation Schedule: Monday to Saturday after the 7:45am Mass. There will be no confession on Sundays.
Funerals, prayer vigils for the deceased, weddings and baptisms
- Indoor gatherings for funerals, weddings and baptisms expand to approximately 150 people in attendance.
- Individuals, or groups residing at the same residence, must maintain at least a 2-metre distance from others.
- Masks are strongly recommended in the Church for everyone who is not fully immunized, including children under 12.
- Outdoor gatherings may take place with up to 1,500 people in attendance.
Please note that the celebrant, as well as other persons assigned by the parish, such as a cantor or lector, or persons responsible for the livestreaming of the event, are NOT to be counted among the ten persons attending indoors. In the case of funerals, staff from a funeral home are NOT to be counted. A photographer or videographer is also NOT to be counted among the ten persons attending indoors.