Quebec announced that it is lowering the indoor worship limit in the Canadian province from 250 people to 50, with some areas having it lowered to 25 people.
Christian Dubé, Quebec’s minister of Health and Social Services, announced Sunday that indoor houses of worship and places that serve alcohol cannot have more than 50 people present.
Aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in response to an overall rise in cases in the province, the rule applies to areas under the “green” or “yellow” alert status for infections.
For sectors designated as “orange,” among them Montreal and Quebec City, indoor facilities serving alcohol and houses of worship cannot have more than 25 people present.
Facilities exempted from these increased restrictions for all alert levels include auditoriums, cinemas, theaters and audiovisual recording studios, which can still have up to 250 people.
“Epidemiological investigations have shown that outbreaks are more particularly linked to gatherings. Thus, public health therefore recommends tightening the rules relating to gatherings in order to protect the population,” stated the government.
Some faith leaders, including Bishop Pierre Goudreault, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatiere, have criticized the new restrictions on in-person worship.
“I would like to recall that no outbreak of the coronavirus has occurred from a Catholic church. Why restrict gatherings there when the participants in Masses are exemplary in their way of respecting and practicing sanitary measures?” stated Goudreault, as reported by Catholic News Service.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski