Another major change is coming! With the government’s announcement that physical distancing measures will no longer be required starting March 1st, things will look a little different at St Pius Brantford. Please know that, as with all decisions we’ve made throughout this pandemic, the health, safety, and well-being of our community are among our top priorities. With that in mind, our return to normal will be a gradual one.
We know that many of you may not be comfortable immediately returning to our pre-pandemic normal, while others are ready to move past the last two years. Consequently, starting on Ash Wednesday (March 2nd), we will be opening some of the church for people to be seated however they are comfortable. Other sections of our church will remain marked out for physical distancing, and we would ask that you please respect the wishes of those who desire to remain distanced.
What does this look like, practically speaking? The balcony and one of the centre sections on the main floor of the church will have all markings for distancing removed, and all pews will be reopened. The other centre section, along with the two side sections, will remain marked off and with every second pew closed. Those who wish to maintain distance from others are welcome to do so, while those who wish to sit with friends, family, and other parishioners can do so, as well.
Additional changes will take place over the coming weeks, with a slow return to what things used to look like. Stay tuned for more details on what comes next!
Update: We will also see a return to the use of our Reconciliation Chapel, and the move of weekday Mass to the Chapel. Our drinking fountain will reopen and the washrooms will return to full capacity.