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Faith-Based, Spiritual, and Worship Practices

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: March 29, 2021

Indoor religious gatherings and worship services

Indoor in-person religious gatherings and worship services are currently suspended. Many religious and spiritual services and practices are offering remote or virtual attendance options, like Zoom or Skype.

You can still visit your place of worship for individual activities such as guidance from spiritual leaders, contemplation or personal prayer. Religious leaders may attend the home of a member of their religious community to provide religious services to the occupant.

Outdoor religious gatherings can take place if they follow the Provincial Health Officer Orders.

Outdoor religious gatherings and worship services

Religious worship services may be held outdoors (including in open-sided tents and under overhead coverings) with up to 50 people plus 2 extra people to make sure rules are followed. People must not gather or socially engage before, during and after the service.

Learn more about the requirements for holding religious gatherings.


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

Events and Gatherings

Some ceremonies (e.g., funerals, weddings and baptisms) can go ahead with a limited number of people and a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. You can have a maximum of 10 people attend, including the person organizing and/or officiants of the event.

Funerals conducted by a religious body may be held outdoors with up to 50 people in attendance, plus 2 extra people to make sure rules are followed. 

People must not gather or socially engage before, during and after the funeral service such as for receptions.



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