Download a copy of this letter and enclosed diocesan protocol update below.
In a news conference on March 10, provincial government leaders including the premier, health minister and provincial health officer announced a timeline for easing of provincial pandemic restrictions. The full details can be found at www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restrictions. Enclosed please find the updated diocesan guidance and protocols related to the same.
With the provincial transition to a long-term COVID-19 management strategy, and in consultation with the diocesan COVID-19 task force, we are now in a position to further lift some of our restrictions for church-related events, including worship, social gatherings and meetings.
The highlights of these changes include:
As we move forward together, we continue to err on the side of caution, upholding our commitment to protecting the most vulnerable amongst us. I am aware that this may, to some seem overly restrictive. I ask that you continue with patience and compassion as each of us grows comfortable with the changes in the coming weeks and months, recognizing that these changes raise anxiety for those for whom the risks remain high.
In Easter hope,