December 21, 2020
To all clergy and staff of the Archdiocese of Toronto,
This afternoon, Premier Ford announced that those areas of the province not currently in lockdown will be moving to this designation as of 12:01 a.m. the morning of December 26, 2020.
Sadly, this means that all regions of the Archdiocese of Toronto will be limited to no more than 10 people inside our churches at any given time. As of December 26, 2020, parishes in Simcoe, Durham and Orangeville must now join the other regions of the archdiocese with the restrictions previously outlined and enclosed in this communication.
Thankfully, for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, parishes in Simcoe, Durham and Orangeville may welcome the faithful at 30% capacity for Masses, following the strict protocols of WorshipSafe. All other regions of the archdiocese are in lockdown areas and must follow the guidelines as directed on December 17, 2020.
The faithful are asked to make every effort to follow the direction of the Province of Ontario to not travel outside of their own region to places where public Christmas Masses may be available.
Once again, I express my sincere gratitude to all those who have been working so diligently throughout this pandemic to offer inspiring pastoral care and outreach in their community.
As we prepare for the birth of Jesus, we pray for all those who are sick, those who have died and the many front-line workers offering loving care to those most in need. Please also be assured of my ongoing prayers for you and your parishioners.
Sincerely in Christ
Thomas Cardinal Collins
Archbishop of Toronto
Lockdown Regions as designated by the Province of Ontario - Toronto, Peel and York, Durham (new), Simcoe (New) & Orangeville (New)
Note – all measures outlined will continue in Toronto, Peel and York and must be implemented in Durham, Simcoe & Orangeville by Saturday, December 26, 2020.