“I want to express my gratitude to you for the sacrifices you are making during the pandemic, and also to emphasize that we need to be strong in our commitment to follow all health and safety measures to do our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.”
Ontario Premier Doug Ford implemented new lockdown measures, effective April 19, intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus, especially new and more transmissible variants. Ontario recorded 2,224 new cases of COVID-19 on April 19.
Among the new restrictions are a 10-person limit for both indoor and outdoor gatherings.
“In the past when we had such restrictions, it was decided that such a limit of ten people is impossible to be carried out in a fair manner,” Bishop Fabbro said, adding that Masses should still be celebrated in the churches and live-streamed.
Baptisms “should be discouraged until the lock-down ends, but may be celebrated in danger of death,” the bishop wrote.
Confessions, too, should be discouraged, but may be celebrated by appointment if a pastor determines “a serious need.” Confessions should be deferred until after the lockdown except in danger of death.
Weddings and funerals may proceed within the 10 person limit, Fabbro said.
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The province of Ontario includes 13 dioceses, of which London is the southernmost.
Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto, the largest archdiocese in the province, announced that public Masses would be suspended during the new lockdown, with confessions, weddings, and funerals continuing within the 10-person limit, but with First Holy Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmations postponed.
Bishop Thomas Dowd of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie issued a similar decree.