Kamloops Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Reflecting His Light On Our Community

COVID-19 Updates

Restrictions of in-person worship services were lifted July 1, 2021!

 

 

Limited reopening of in-person service allowed as of May 27, 2021

please see the announcement from the BC Conference (includes link to the order from the provincial health officer):

Good afternoon brothers and sisters,

 

Our patience is being rewarded today.  The PHO has announced a variance to her May 25, 2021 order which now allows indoor worship gatherings, up to 50 people.  GOD IS GOOD!  Link is inserted below.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-variance-indoor-worship.pdf

 

Basically, we are going back to the same way it was before the indoor gatherings were not permitted.  The following still apply:

 

  • Max of 50 people, no mingling before or after service
  • Groups of 50 can meet under the same building, provided each has a separate entrance/exit and washrooms
  • Masks still mandatory (only remove if you are speaking or singing from pulpit)
  • Social distancing (2 meters unless singing or speaking which needs to be increased to 3 meters)
  • Sanitizing stations
  • Health check to be conducted prior to arriving at the worship service
  • “Attendance” taken; includes names, phone or email (to be kept only for 30 days)
  • Musical groups no more than 5 (with social distancing)
  • No singing (even with masks). Only soloist or worship group can sing

Provincial Government Notice: Church closures have been extended indefinitely

Updated again April 19, 2021

Stronger province-wide restrictions

The PHO has strengthened province-wide restrictions. These restrictions came into effect March 29 at 11:59 pm and last to May 25 at midnight. They include:

  • The variance allowing indoor religious gatherings and worship services between March 28 and May 13 is suspended
  • Indoor low intensity group exercise classes are cancelled
  • Restaurants, pubs and bars are closed for indoor dining. Outdoor patio seating and take-out or delivery is allowed
  • Workplaces with a COVID-19 exposure may be ordered to close for a minimum of 10 days

Updated again March 30, 2021

New and amended orders and guidelines are in effect through April 19, 2021, and include:

  • For restaurants, bars and pubs, all food and liquor-serving premises must only provide take-out or delivery service. Dine-in service is prohibited, except for outdoor patios. People dining on patios should do so with their immediate household or core bubble.
  • Indoor, adult group fitness activities of any kind are also paused. Gyms and fitness centres are restricted to individual or one-on-one activities only i.e. one-on-one personal training.
  • The previously announced class variance for limited indoor worship services has been suspended. Outdoor worship services under the current variance may continue.
  • Travel continues to be limited to essential travel, work or medical reasons only. For those who have travelled outside their health region, if you or anyone in your family develops any signs of illness, you must stay home from work, school or daycare, and arrange to get tested immediately.
  • Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort is closed through to April 19, 2021, to address and prevent community spread related to non-essential travel.
  • All workers are strongly encouraged to work from home, where possible.
  • Public health guidance for schools has also been amended to support and encourage students down to Grade 4 to wear masks while at school.

Updated February 5th

The current orders restricting daily life and socialization in B.C. are going to stay in place indefinitely, the province announced Friday February 5th.

The orders had been set to expire at midnight. In announcing the extension, officials said B.C has made "encouraging" progress in reducing the spread of COVID-19, but the situation isn't stable enough to allow people to start getting together again.

All events are banned, along with in-person religious services, and masks must be worn in indoor public spaces.

Henry said there's a chance things might change by March, but there is no official expiry date on the extended orders.

All events and gatherings are also banned

Notice from Conference re: church closures until at least December 7th

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