The province has entered Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen, and we are happy to share that by following the changes under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) for places of worship alongside the reopening guidelines the Mehraban Guiv Darb e Meher (MGDM) will be reopening very soon with modified hours and some specific conditions. These conditions will continue ensuring all public health measures are followed including capacity limits, face coverings, physical distancing and environmental cleaning and disinfecting.
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we cautiously and gradually plan the reopening.
Stay tuned for updated communications on the reopening plans and guidelines in the upcoming weeks.
As part of the step three of Ontario’s Roadmap to reopening per the COVID-19, Government and Health Guidelines here is what will be allowed during the stage 3 of reopening:
- Participation of religious services is increased to 25 people including the priest(s) and volunteers.
- Visits to the MGDM will by appointment ONLY
- The online self-assessment tool must be used for every visit to the MGDM
- The Covid-19 screener must be completed and presented to the volunteer who will be on-site on the day of visit ( https://covid-19.ontario.ca/screening/customer/ )
- Wearing a non-medical mask/face covering is mandatory
- Maintaining a social distance of two meters/six feet
- Bring your own prayer book and head covering
- Sukhar must be purchased at ZSO only and CANNOT be brought from home or outside
- Follow entry and exit signs
- Wedding and Navjotes will be permitted with 2M distancing along with capacity limitation and requirements
- Social gatherings, including those that occur before or after a prayer service remains suspended
- Consumption of food and drink remains suspended, this includes donation of ravo, sev, malido, etc.
- No consumption of chasni by individuals
- Avoid opportunities for the virus to spread through touch, either directly or indirectly through surfaces and objects, including objects that may be used in rituals or ceremonies.
Disclaimers and resources:
- “All visits to the MGDM are voluntary and at the visitor’s own discretion. Visitors must comply with applicable guidelines including limits on numbers, wearing of masks and physical distancing. All visitors are responsible for their own health & safety as well as respecting the health & safety of those around them.”
- "Visitors must self-screen with the ZSO volunteer present when entering the MGDM at each visit. The volunteer will record the date, their name and contact information (phone and/or email) and that will only be used for contact tracing for COVID-19 purposes and will only be kept on file for 30 days.”
- Click here to learn more about the roadmap to reopening Ontario