In Ontario all places of worship are permitted to resume services Friday as part of Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan during the COVID-19 pandemic.
They are required to limit the number of people to 30 per cent capacity, with physical distancing measures in place to limit the spread of the virus. In Brantford, some places of worship will be open this weekend, while others will remain closed.
The Brantford mosque will be open Friday for prayers.
Rawdon Street Baptist Church will be open Sunday. Safety measures include no singing during services, limiting seating to three people per pew in alternate pews and providing hand sanitizer and masks. Instead of passing an offering plate, there will be a donation box. Attendance also will be taken and made available to the Brant County Health unit if requested.
Berean Baptist Church will be reopening this Sunday following the safety guidelines.
Central Baptist Church will not be opening this weekend.
Evangel Church will continue with online services.
Fairview United Church has determined they will remain closed until September.
St. Andrew’s United Church is working with the Horseshoe Regional Council of the United Church of Canada to determine the next steps towards gathering for regular worship services.
Grace Anglican Church is also remaining closed to public gatherings for now.
Hope Christian Reformed Church will remain closed for now as they make proper plans for reopening.
Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Hamilton, which includes Brantford and Brant County, are scheduled to open June 21.
Reverend Todd Townshend, Bishop of Huron, has announced that along with the House of Bishops that no change will be made to how the Anglican Churches will be used. Thus they will remain closed until September.
There are also many churches which have not yet updated their status yet, which should indicate that things are unchanged for them. Should more information be made available to us we will pass it along to you.