“We’re grateful we made this call when we saw the (COVID-19) numbers go up We have a lot of older parishioners But it was tough”

Ottawa will move into the gray area by one minute past midnight early Saturday, which means the capacity for Easter Sunday services, which was 30 percent allowed under the red zone rules, will be reduced to 15 percent

The new rules have no effect on Good Friday services. However, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese has announced that it will reduce the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening to 15 percent

Some parishes were already fully booked for Good Friday and Easter Sunday with a capacity of 30 percent. Now they are considering how to reduce the attendance list

While some denominations and churches held services online, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese allowed churches to open 30 percent for weddings, funerals, and masses, as allowed by Ontario rules

Pandemic protocols such as wearing masks and physical distancing are enforced by superiors and ushers. Choirs have been temporarily disbanded and replaced by soloists singing behind plexiglass signs

“We’re always prepared,” said Mary Lou Daze, senior administrator at St Basil’s Catholic Church near Carlington Park “We have our custodian after every service Everything is done so that we have no transfer We have hand sanitizer everywhere”

Some of the Catholic churches in Ottawa hold Sunday masses based on availability, while other parishioners have asked to reserve in advance, either by phone or email, or through event management software like Eventbrite – which is also helpful if ever one Contact tracking is required

The Metropolitan Bible Church on Prince of Wales Drive has three face-to-face services on Easter Sunday

The church has increased its attendance to 20 percent and is distributing churchgoers around the building to prevent infections.Those who have registered but cannot attend the Easter weekend are asked to notify the administrators so that these places can be used by others Waiting list can be made available

The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa kept its churches closed from the beginning of the pandemic through September 1 and closed them again on Boxing Day, although some church facilities remained open for assistance programs such as feeding programs, said Venerable Linda Hill, Executive Archdeacon of the Diocese / p>

Churches have been very creative when it comes to offering services to people at home, Hill said some have pre-recorded services, including the music. Other live-stream services, and leave the recordings on their websites for those who watch them later Smaller churches would like to hold their services on Zoom

“We’re grateful we made that call when we saw the (COVID-19) numbers go up. We have a lot of older parishioners,” she said, “But it was hard”

At Knox Presbyterian Church on Elgin Street, Rev Jim Pot had been ready to hold his first sacrament service since the pandemic began for 50 pre-registered parishioners

Typically, at a sacrament service, bread and juice are passed around on trays in the ward. During the pandemic service, parishioners should be given a sealed, disposable communion cup containing a waffle and juice in separate compartments

“Things started looking hopeful about a month ago, and we thought we’d be as optimistic as possible by Easter,” said Pot, whose church can accommodate 650 people

“With all of the safety practices in place, we thought we could do it. We pan and pan and pan We try to make the most of things”

Last weekend, 50 parishioners pre-registered for the Palm Sunday service Wednesday evening, Church elders decided to end the personal service on Good Friday and Easter Sunday after observing the COVID-19 infections

Pot returns to live streaming.He will be at the sanctuary of the church on Sunday saying a prayer over bread and juice and asking the parishioners watching from home for a piece of or bread or crackers and some juice or wine to participate

“This is the high point of the Christian calendar,” Pot said. “It would break my heart if someone signed COVID this weekend”

In the meantime, the holy month of Ramadan is approaching, which Muslims dedicate to fasting and reflection April to 12 May

Mayor Jim Watson has announced that there will be mosques to broadcast the evening call to prayer during Ramadan as public health regulations restricting attending church services are still in effect

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