Places of worship are the latest sector of Quebec’s quickly-expanding deconfinement phase.
All houses of worship can reopen as of today, assuming that ceremonies and services don’t host more than 50 people.
Quebec’s National Director of Public Health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, made the announcement last week from Quebec City. Arruda says physical distancing measures will have to be respected indoors.
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Arruda gave Catholic communion as an example as to how churches will have to adjust their practices.
He said houses of worship will fall under the same guidelines as any other indoor gathering in Quebec and will be asked to adhere to the same rules including staying 1.5 metres apart, frequent disinfecting, and he strongly recommends wearing face masks.
Monday is an important launching date for various sectors across Quebec, including hosting clients inside restaurants in Montreal, gyms, indoor pools, athletic arenas, cinemas, theatres, beaches, and concert venues.
Physical distancing guidelines have also diminished from the oft-mentioned two-metres to one and a half. Indoor gatherings now permit a maximum of 50 people.