There has been some confusion in light of Dr. Bonnie Henry's cancellation of "social gatherings" in Vancouver and Fraser Health regions. This DOES NOT AFFECT CHURCH GATHERINGS OF 50 OR UNDER at this time. Tomorrow there will be a Eucharist; if you feel comfortable to come we'll see you there! If not, our service will be live-streamed at 11 am. and available to watch after the service for your convenience.
Here is what our Archbishop says about the new health order:
Greetings to All in the Diocese of New Westminster,
As you may be aware, during a public briefing on November 7, 2020, the Provincial Health Officer announced new Health Orders in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases in BC, particularly in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions. The implications for us in churches are the following,
For the next two weeks:
- Weddings and funerals are limited to immediate family, keeping the numbers as small as possible.
- While churches may still host gatherings of up to 50 people, all churches must be especially vigilant with safety protocols, strictly adhering to:
- physically distancing,
- mask wearing,
- hand washing
- and increased ventilation.
In addition, churches should pay special attention to safety protocols when people gather in more confined spaces, (small meeting rooms, kitchens, etc.).