In 2020 as COVID-19 The pandemic began to affect the province, and places of worship were ordered to close to stop the spread of the virus.
Cardinal Thomas Collins said then He understood the “very conscientious health reasons” for the closure.
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“Never in my life did I think I would see the day that I would say we can’t have the public celebration of the Eucharist for a while,” Collins told The Canadian Press.
In 2021, COVID-19 restrictions meant Services were still subdued. The day before Easter Sunday, Ontario went into a province-wide shutdown that limited the capacity of indoor religious ceremonies to 15 percent. Outdoor worship services have been allowed for as many people as possible.
Almost all restrictions were lifted in Ontario today.
“This Holy Week will be even more powerful for Ontario Catholics,” reads a post on the Archdiocese of Toronto’s website.
“For the past two years, in order to protect the common good, restrictions have been placed on Holy Week services so that we could slow the spread of COVID-19. During Holy Week 2022 we will be able to gather in a way that has not been possible in recent years.
“However, we realize that many people are concerned about the number of COVID cases in our province, so we ask everyone to treat others kindly in the church and in society at large.”
The Post said many parishes will do so continued livestream crowdsas they have done throughout the pandemic.
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