On Friday, February 19, 2021, the provincial government provided an update regarding COVID-19 restrictions.
As of Monday, February 22, 2021, York Region will return to the COVID-19 Response Framework and will be placed in the Red (Control) Zone. In the Archdiocese of Toronto, York now joins Durham Region, Simcoe County and Orangeville in this designation. A reminder that Red Zone restrictions for places of worship are as follows:
Parishes in York Region will be busy preparing for the return to Mass. Please check-in with your local parish in the coming days for their Mass schedule.
Toronto and Peel Region – the province has extended the stay-at-home order for Toronto and Peel until at least Monday, March 8, 2021. Current restrictions (a limit of no more than 10 people in the church at any time) remain in place. Holy Communion Services may continue on weekends with parishes encouraged to open the church each day for a period of private prayer. Parishes may also offer services via livestream.
Please note – as in the past, local municipalities may impose their own restrictions on top of the provincial measures. Should this be the case, we will share this information as soon as it becomes available. In addition, the province has indicated that, if necessary, it will deploy the “emergency brake” and move regions to Grey (Lockdown) designation within 24 hours should significant variants of COVID-19 threaten a particular region.
We continue to pray for you and your family during this challenging period of pandemic.