Outdoor Religious Services

Events held outdoors may be lower risk for transmission of respiratory illness than those held indoors due to higher ventilation. However, the best option to limit any risk of transmission would be to hold services virtually (e.g. “on line” or community TV), whenever possible.
• Individuals over the age of 60, and those with underlying medical conditions are encouraged to not attend social gatherings because they are at greater risk of developing severe disease, if they become infected.
• Religious ceremonies are limited to 50 vehicles (family units may travel in one vehicle) while participating in drive in style “church” (this includes both organizers and attendees).
• If the size of the parking lot permits, it should be set-up so that vehicles are parked in every other parking space.
• Services should be limited to 1 hour.
• Vehicles should be turned off to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
• Activities that could contribute to the spread of COVID-19such as handshakes and hugs are to be avoided. Instead use a wave.
• Microphones are not to be shared among staff.
• Access to the building is not to be open to the public, including washrooms.
• Advise the attendees prior to the service that all washrooms are unavailable.
• Singing should be avoided. Choose the use of a sound system to play music.
• The religious organization must have staff on hand to monitor the number of attendees entering the service.
• The service should have one entrance point and one exit point to help manage the flow of attendees.
• Avoid providing attendees with items that cannot be easily cleaned and sanitized such as books and programs. Such books and programs should not be shared between parishioners unless they can be thoroughly sanitized between uses.
• No food or beverages are to be provided on site. In the event of communion, those in attendance would be responsible to bring their own supplies.
• Religious organizations are encouraged to provide on-line options for the donation of gifts to the church.