Once Stage 3 of Saskatchewan’s Re-Opening Roadmap comes fully into effect on July 11, 2021, all public health restrictions will be removed, including gathering sizes and mandatory masking. Even when all public health restrictions are removed, everyone will have their own level of comfort with these changes. The following guidelines are offered for pastors and parish staff and volunteers to assist with the review of current practices as they discern the return to pre-pandemic local practices as of, or after, July 11th. Keep in mind that some government restrictions could return if case numbers grow again. Having the ability to be flexible on changes for the coming months would be prudent to consider in your plans.
Providing a welcoming, non-judgmental atmosphere for all will be an important part of making changes in parishes. This is an important time to use the consultative structures in your parish. Once decisions are made at a parish level, please communicate clearly what restrictions are being kept, which ones are ending, and which ones are being phased out. These will likely need to be repeated throughout the coming months as parishioners return.
The document below contains all of the details.