The following is a message from Archbishop Melissa Skelton:
Greetings, people of the Diocese of New Westminster I want to continue to offer updates and further guidance to all of you as the COVID-19 outbreak increases and progresses, and as more information becomes available to assist us all in guarding our health, the health of other parishioners and the health of members of the communities where we live.
On February 6, I sent a general communique to the Diocese and last week I sent out a Pastoral Directive to clergy on specific practices that we must now follow in the administration of communion.
Given the rise in cases in the Province, I want to give additional mandatory guidelines to all in the Diocese about the next level of behaviours we must adopt at this time. This comes in response to the latest update from B.C. health officials which you can view here.
I also want to highlight what we might do to prepare for a possible time when we would suspend gathering in our churches (worship and other meetings) for a period of time. Notification of this will come from my office. Please know that it’s very challenging to stay current on this emerging situation. We’re doing our best to give you the best guidelines we can as this situation changes.