Note from Fr. Bill: Some are asking how the new Provincial Government regulation that allows for people to have one meter distancing as long as we are wearing a mask will affect our protocols in the parish for attending Mass. Presently we are able to accommodate everyone that is attending by using the 2-meter social distancing and so we will continue to do that as an additional precaution for safety. However, as our gatherings increase in number and because we wear masks throughout the Mass, we have an option to revisit our seating arrangements at each site and will do so as is necessary with the numbers who are attending. I will keep you informed as changes are made. For now, we will be maintaining the two meter distancing until I inform you of a change. However, it does allow us more freedom in people needing to leave their seat to use the bathroom facilities. You will be able to use bathroom facilities at any time because we are maintaining the wearing of masks for everyone throughout the Mass except for those under 2 years of age and those with medical conditions preventing them from using a mask. We will continue the use of masks throughout the full Mass because we are not always able to keep the 2-meter distancing for seating people and movement that is necessary during the Mass for such things as bathroom use. Please see the Bulletin below regarding our protocols when attending church services.
We need to have the name and phone number of every person who attends as ‘follow up ‘information should an incident happen.
- You are free to choose the Mass you desire to attend.
-We will keep the lists we have for St. Columba and Sts John and Paul Site and your name will be checked as you enter the church and are screened. If you are not on the list, just come to Mass and your name and phone number will be added.
-For St. Dunstan’s Site, you will be asked to fill out an information sheet with your name (and each family member’s name who is attending with you) and a contact phone number. You will be asked to place it in a box when you arrive. It will be helpful if you fill this information out before you come to Mass and bring it with you. The sheet is attached.
You will be asked the following screening questions.
• Do you have any of the following symptoms: fever/feverish, cough, sore throat, head ache, runny nose, a new cough or worsening chronic cough, new onset of fatigue, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell; in children, purple marking on the fingers and toes?
• Have you had close contact within the last 14 days with a confirmed case of Covid-19?
• Have you been diagnosed with Covid-19?
• Have you returned from travel outside of Atlantic Canada within the last 14 days for any reason other than work purposes in another province?
• Have you had close contact with anyone from outside of Atlantic Canada in the past 14 days?
• Have you been told by a public health official that you may have been exposed to Covid-19
You will need to wear a mask throughout the Mass unless for health reasons you can not wear a mask or you are under 2 years of age.
You will be asked to sanitize your hands on entering and exiting the church.
You will be seated in orderly fashion from front to back.
Holy Communion will be distributed at the end of the Mass as you leave. Holy Communion will be distributed on the hand only.