In Ontario, church buildings (with some exceptions) have not been named as essential, so Ontario church buildings must be closed. We interpret this as not allowing even a small number of people in the church to provide virtual worship.
With in-person worship being suspended and rental incomes stopped, some communities of faith may be faced with financial concerns Before making any decis.ions about staffing, please contact your regional counci l to explore options.
Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Anglican Church of Canada, and The United Church of Canada have issued a joint letter calling on churches to do more to address anti-Black racism.
We urge communities of faith to respond to COVID-19 with compassion, prevention, and prayer, and offer the United Church Emergency Plan to help communities of faith plan ahead for contingencies that may or may not arise.