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Faith-Based, Spiritual, and Worship Practices 

From BCCDC

Faith-based, spiritual, and worship practices are important to many people and offer opportunities to connect with communities. These practices also have a role to play in the prevention of COVID-19 transmission.

Last updated: December 1, 2021

 
As COVID-19 vaccinations are administered throughout the province, we can gather in-person again to share hope, healing, restoration and recovery. As pillars of strength, religious organizations and faith-based worship services play a critical role in connecting the community by supporting beneficial and safe social interactions. 

Follow any provincial and regional restrictions

  • Masks are required in all indoor public settings including places of worship 
    • by all people born in 2016 or earlier (age 5+), including congregants and choirs. 
    • masks can be temporarily removed for ceremonial eating and drinking, and by officiants, readers or for singing a solo where physical distancing is observed.
  • If all participants are vaccinated as determined by the worship service leader, there are no capacity restrictions on worship services and choirs.
  • If participants are not all vaccinated, worship services and choirs are limited to 50% seated capacity.

Follow these precautions for religious, spiritual, faith-based and worship practices

  • Assess yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and stay home if sick;
  • Clean your hands frequently. Ensure you have access to handwashing stations or hand sanitizing supplies.
  • Everyone eligible should be encouraged to be fully vaccinated.
  • Everyone ages 5 and older should wear a mask.
  • Check that the venue you attend is practicing routine cleaning and disinfection.