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COVID-19 Update (March 23 / 2021)

(March 23 / 2021)

COVID – 19 Update: A new permission granted by the PHO on her most recent order.  Outdoor, in-person gatherings are permitted. The order says 10.  However, the Public Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has granted the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada, British Columbia Conference, a condition of variance letter, where she is allowing a maximum of 50 people.  Her letter does have a few conditions that need to be met in order to be in compliance with this allowed permission.  I have attached the letter above, but here is a quick bullet point of these conditions:

Capacity and restrictions

  • Max of 50 people and services are to be held outdoors
  • Due to high risk of COVID-19 infection, the following people should NOT attend in-person gatherings;
  • Over the age of 70 (even if immunized)
  • People living with a COVID-19 infected person, upper respiratory or flu-like symptoms
  • People with underlying medical conditions or compromised immune systems

                  D. “Regarding indoor meetings, we are following the recommended maximum of 10, so long as all present members are participating crew ( ie. media), with a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.”

Conduct during service

  • Masks mandatory, unless speaking but should be 3 meters apart from other participants, or have physical barriers present
  • Maintain physical distancing (2 M) from others, unless you are from the same household
  • Service cannot be more than 1 hour
  • No social gathering before or after the service
  • No collection bag or plate can be passed, or any ceremonial object
  • No singing or chanting
  • No loitering after service, specially if another group is arriving for a second meeting

Prior to attending service

  • Organizer must pre-register participants (to ensure maximum number is not exceeded)
  • First and last name, along with phone or e-mail must be collected of every participant attending
  • Personal information must be retained for 30 days, after which it must be destroyed.  Do not keep a copy

Below is the PDF link of the PHO order, as found on the government website.

For further questions contact Tanya Avelar -Martinez at

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